NHL forward to getting their players out of the Olympics
The issue has been open for quite some time now and over the course of the next 6 months it will intensify as the franchise owners, NHLPA (National Hockey League Players Association) and the International Ice Hockey Federation hold talks with each other to find out a solution for the problem.
Bettman said that the issue could easily be solved within the timeframe of 6 months.
"I don't see why it couldn't be done in that time frame," Bettman said.
He said that the goal of the talks was to have everyone agree on a mutually selected option that would be beneficial for both players and the NHL.
"It's about what makes sense to the International Organizing Committee, to the IIHF, to the NHLPA and to the NHL. Just as Don has to figure out and hear from the players, I have to do the same things with the clubs and the owners,” Bettman said.
There is no hiding the fact that the players enjoy participating in the Olympics as it gives them the opportunity to participate in the same game with different teams and play at the international level. They get to represent their countries with sportsmanship honor and the games themselves are a great experience.
The NHL will also have to hear the say of players and few will say that they do not care about Olympic participation. This means that the talks will not be as easy as portrayed by Bettman and may actually take more time than thought before.