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The NHL will not participate in 2018/2022 Winter Olympics

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  • Oct 18th, 2017 11:24 pm
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This really sucks. Ovechkin has said he will go, screw Bettman, and apparently a few other stars are considering it. I really hope there are at least a half dozen or more star players that go. What's Bettman going to do to elite players? Suspend them?
The little general has spoken and I hope no one listens.

As for the IOC being corrupt, yeah they are but the Olympics put on good hockey. Better than the average Saturday night NHL stuff.
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I understand from both sides why this is happening. But as usual, the fans will lose out IMO
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Will this include the AHL (the farm teams) players?

If we can't send our best, lets send our 2nd best.
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Don't have a problem with it.

It only looks like a problem because we are discussing this in Canada. How many of you would be awake at 3am watching Slovakia vs Finland? If it was Canada and the gold medal sure, but even then, how many people would be awake at 3am on a work day just to watch Canada in the round robin.

The NHL is already starting their trip to Asia and skipping out on the Olympics may hurt in the short term but if they have a plan for Asia, then I don't think it will be a problem long-term.

The easy solution would be to let the players go if they want and the players who do go (most likely all the superstars) should forego their salary and compensation during that time-period. NHL teams would have leeway to call-up their AHL players as required (without waivers, etc) to fill the void. Then the season can continue for two weeks. Owners can also have the right to prevent their players from going (which can be bad or good) but let's say for those two weeks you ice the best team while other teams have poor looking versions of themselves, that is just to your benefit.
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I hope they don't go. It's time for the Olympics to get back to what it should be, amateur sport. Anyone who is paid a salary and does a sport as a full time job should not be allowed and that should go for all countries. Let's see some future stars out there.
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poleman wrote:
Apr 4th, 2017 9:36 pm
This really sucks. Ovechkin has said he will go, screw Bettman, and apparently a few other stars are considering it. I really hope there are at least a half dozen or more star players that go. What's Bettman going to do to elite players? Suspend them?
The little general has spoken and I hope no one listens.

As for the IOC being corrupt, yeah they are but the Olympics put on good hockey. Better than the average Saturday night NHL stuff.
On the Fan590 AM radio last night, they talkd about the IIHF which apparently has a clause where NHL players under contract cannot leave the league to play in another tournament/league (which the Olympics is, sort of) without explicit written permission. So, if Ovechkin leaves to play, he technically would have to "retire" from the NHL. But, Ovechkin is a hardline Russian patriot, he has a basic relationship with Putin so I wouldn't be surprise if Russia's national team would ignore the rules and let him play anyway. The Capitals owner already said he'd let Ovechkin go play but knowing the rules, the owner is just saying that to keep his star player happy.
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truckmania wrote:
Apr 8th, 2017 11:51 am
I hope they don't go. It's time for the Olympics to get back to what it should be, amateur sport. Anyone who is paid a salary and does a sport as a full time job should not be allowed and that should go for all countries. Let's see some future stars out there.
But that's like the majority of athletes these days. A number of Canadian athletes are sponsored and endorsed by corporations year round. It's how they make a living.
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Even if NHL players don't go, there will still be professionals going. It's not like the level of hockey jumps from amateurs straight to the NHL.

I would love to see them go, but I don't blame the NHL if they ultimately decide not to (I don't buy that their announcement is written in stone).
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rabbit wrote:
Apr 9th, 2017 1:56 am
Even if NHL players don't go, there will still be professionals going. It's not like the level of hockey jumps from amateurs straight to the NHL.

I would love to see them go, but I don't blame the NHL if they ultimately decide not to (I don't buy that their announcement is written in stone).
You mean Canadian NHL rejects playing in the European league or KHL? Basically, NHL calibre players that wasn't signed by a single NHL team... lol
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There's AHL, although I don't know if they would be allowed to go, with teams being close affiliates with NHL teams.

There's a few other pro leagues in North America:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_i ... th_America

Don't know what the LOL is regarding rejected NHL players. Do you think amateurs would be better?
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The players decide there future and the league's will follow suit.

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