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NHL looking to end Olympic participation, Sochi might be the last to happen

2/6/14 in NHL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThese are not only rumors this time but have actual backing of facts and opinion. There is talk that the games in Sochi might be the last games to be played in which the NHL will give permission to its players to play in Olympics.
 
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.
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2/7/14   |   jaysinw   |   4946 respect

ML31 wrote:
I do believe we share the opinion that professionalism has no place in the modern Olympic games.  As far as I'm concerned Juan Antonio Samaranch ruined the Olympic experience.  No pros ought be allowed.  No federation should be offering prize money.  And any national Olympic organization that violates even the spirit of that edict ought to be banned from future games.

Yes we do. 

2/7/14   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

jaysinw wrote:
I know when the NBA plays that is not the point. I do not believe that pro players should be in the Olympics. The NHL nor the NBA need their respective players in the Olympics. 

I do believe we share the opinion that professionalism has no place in the modern Olympic games.  As far as I'm concerned Juan Antonio Samaranch ruined the Olympic experience.  No pros ought be allowed.  No federation should be offering prize money.  And any national Olympic organization that violates even the spirit of that edict ought to be banned from future games.

2/6/14   |   jaysinw   |   4946 respect

ML31 wrote:
The NBA is a little different in that the summer games happen in their off season.  If the winter games were in the NHL's off season I wouldn't care about it as much....  At least not beyond the mere fact that I do not care of professionalism in the Olympic Games....

I know when the NBA plays that is not the point. I do not believe that pro players should be in the Olympics. The NHL nor the NBA need their respective players in the Olympics. 

2/6/14   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

jaysinw wrote:
If it happens about time. Hopefully the NBA will follow NHL lead in this subject. Good for the NHL if they follow through.
 

The NBA is a little different in that the summer games happen in their off season.  If the winter games were in the NHL's off season I wouldn't care about it as much....  At least not beyond the mere fact that I do not care of professionalism in the Olympic Games....

2/6/14   |   jaysinw   |   4946 respect

If it happens about time. Hopefully the NBA will follow NHL lead in this subject. Good for the NHL if they follow through.
 

2/6/14   |   Jess   |   34602 respect

I think it's a great idea to go back to the way it used to be.

2/6/14   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

I for one have NEVER liked the NHL players in the Olympics.  I do not like losing players to play in some in season tournament.  Every 4 years I have been hoping none of my teams players get selected.  I'd rather they use the break to rest and heal and prepare for something much more important...  The Stanley Cup Playoffs.  International tournaments are great.  But we have the Worlds that non playoff team players can play in and there is the World Cup of Hockey (formerly known as the Canada Cup).  Why not make that a regular thing?  This in season thing has been ridiculous from day one.