Deal to send NHL players to 2014 Sochi Olympics could be finalized by Monday

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It would appear almost official that National Hockey League players will compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

According to a Twitter post from Dan Rosen of NHL.com, commissioner Gary Bettman said the NHL, NHLPA, IOC and IIHF will meet Monday in New York to hopefully finalize an agreement.

The negotiation process between those four parties to send NHL players back to compete in the Olympics for a fifth consecutive time has been ongoing since the end of the lockout in January.

Last week, Hockey Canada president Bob Bob Nicholson sounded hopeful that a formal agreement would be signed “within the next couple of weeks.”

At the 2010 Games in Vancouver, Canada won its second gold medal in the last three Olympics.