NHL looking to end Olympic participation, Sochi might be the last to happen
The owners and top brass have developed concerns over the facts that some players end up getting injured and they have to do a lot to reschedule everything on their end. The NHL has to put a lot on the line and make many sacrifices to make the Olympics happen and let the players attend. Now they are considering if it is worth doing all that and what they get in return for it is what they want.
When the Olympic break kicks in, the NHL does not have any say in how the Olympics should be run or have any control over the players. Although the competition does help the league promote its sport in other counties, the NHL is starting to think that it might be interfering with the image they have back at home in North America.
The players think otherwise. They like participating in the Olympics as it gives them an excellent way to play other competitive matches than for the league. The franchise owners and NHL brass don’t like that because they lose say over players during the event and the players do end up getting injured which is adverse to the benefit of franchise.
Red Wings right wing Daniel Alfredsson said that the issue had been going for a while and chances were high this was going to be the last one that they would get to attend.
"There’s talk that this one might be the last for NHL players, and I think that would be sad if it is. I think for the good of the game, the PR of the game, having the best players in the world together in a tournament like this,” he said.