An overture for an NHL expansion franchise, supposedly made on behalf of the Soviet Ice Hockey Federation, has been rejected by the league as unworkable.

Ramon Dacyshyn, executive vice president of Intercan Sports Inc., made the proposal to league president John Ziegler and NHL Players Association executive director Alan Eagleson last month.Under the plan, a team stocked exclusively with Soviet players would compete in the NHL as a 22nd franchise. He said it would divide its home games between Moscow and a North American city - either Seattle or Hamilton, Ontario - and playing the standard 40 away games.