By Duncan Mackay

Bill Daly at lecternMarch 10 - National Hockey League (NHL) Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly has today left for Russia to try to work out a deal which will allow the top players to take part in next year's Olympics in Sochi.

Daly will also be visiting the Bolshoi Ice Palace, the venue that will host the majority of ice hockey matches during Sochi 2014, including the finals.

NHL players have taken part in every Olympics since Nagano in 1998 but, with the Games less than a year away, an agreement still has to be reached on their participation at Sochi. 

"I would hope to be in a position where this is resolved one way or the other by the end of this month," Daly told

Daly claimed the NHL is on track to present the concept of Olympic participation to the Board of Governors "at an appropriate time". 

He claimed, however, that present discussions among the NHL, the National Hockey League Players' Association, the International Ice Hockey Federation and the International Olympic Committee have been on "a conceptual level and have not yet broached specifics".

He added: "Maybe when we get down to the specific level we might come up with a problem that might be difficult to resolve, but, to this point, we've been moving forward."

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