CALGARY, FEB. 26 -- The Soviet Union is now expected to give the National Hockey League a list of players it will make available by the middle of next week, though in preliminary discussions, three veteran national team players have been mentioned as definite possibilities, according to Alan Eagleson, head of the NHL Players Association.

Eagleson and NHL President John Ziegler met with the Soviets here again on Wednesday, and "I expect them to go home and send us their list next week," Eagleson said. "But this is definitely going to happen."

The three players Eagleson has been told most likely will be on the list are Vladimir Kovin, a forward for Red Army, Sergei Shepelev, a forward from Spartak, and Valeri Zubkov, a defenseman for Red Army. According to Eagleson, all are in their late 20s or early 30s and have played on a number of Soviet national or Olympic teams. All played in Canada Cup competition, as well, he said.

NHL officials said none of the three has been drafted, meaning they could not play in the NHL this season. The Soviets are expected to supply a list of at least 10 players.

Arledge Critical of Ziegler

Roone Arledge, the president of ABC News, took National Hockey League President John Ziegler to task for not making his best players available to the United States and Canada for the Olympics, describing it as "dumb business."

"Every other country builds a hiatus into their schedule during the Olympics," said Arledge, who is also directing his network's efforts here at the Winter Olympics. "The idea that you're finally able to have the top players and the NHL would refuse to let anybody participate, it's dumb business. Tell me the last time the NHL would have had the exposure of this event. It's shortsighted. The reason they're not on national television is that there is no national appeal."

Arledge, in an interview today with a dozen journalists, said he has told that to Ziegler and "his rationale is they're in a business, that they have a business to run and taking their top stars out would cost them money. There was some worry about {players} getting injured. {It would be} a hell of a lot safer here."

Ziegler was not available to comment today.