International hockey figure Alan Eagleson doesn't believe relations between the Soviet Union and the NHL will be damaged by Alexander Mogilny's defection.
If the Soviet Union does break off relations, it will be the big loser, Eagleson, the chief international hockey negotiator for Canada and the NHL, warned Monday."I assume the Soviets will understand and appreciate that neither (NHL president) John Ziegler nor I had anything to do with it," Eagleson, who also is executive director of the NHL Players' Association, said during an interview in London with the Toronto Globe and Mail.
"Therefore, the players' association and owners had nothing to do with it. So it should have no impact whatsoever on our relationship any more than Peter Stastny leaving Czechoslovakia had any affect on Czech-NHL relations.
"And if there is, it's their loss."