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

Ice Hockey - Men's Gold Medal Game - Day 17

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) Alternate Captain Jarome Iginla #12, goaltender Roberto Luongo #1, Ryan Getzlaf #51, Drew Doughty #8, Brenden Morrow #10 and Rick Nash #61 of Canada laugh in celebration with teammates after winning their ice hockey men’s gold medal game against USA on day 17 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 28, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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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, 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.