The IIHF and the International Olympic Committee met again Wednesday in Switzerland in ongoing talks about possible NHL participation in the 2018 Winter Games, Darren Dreger said on NBCSN.
“They’re doing their due diligence to deliver some sort of package or at least some sort of direction to the National Hockey League and the players association,” Dreger said, adding that another meeting is scheduled among the IIHF, USA Hockey and Hockey Canada next week in New York City to discuss what the NHL needs to participate in Pyeongchang.
In October, IIHF president Rene Fasel said the chances of NHL players going to the 2018 Olympics were 50-50, while NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly felt more negative.
The NHL, unhappy that the IOC is not paying NHL players’ travel and insurance as it has in the past, is expected to decide by the end of the year if it will send players to Pyeongchang.
“Don’t forget the NHL [Players Association] stake in this is significant,” Dreger said. “The players want to go. Some NHL owners don’t want to go. So we’re getting closer to a conclusion on this file, but it’s not there yet.”Follow @nzaccardi