by Patrick Hoffman on 07/21/09 at 07:18 PM ET
From Stan Fischler at MaxHockey.com:
About the dumbest thing the National Hockey League could do would be continuing participation in the Olympics after Vancouver.
Gary Bettman knows it.
The owners know it.
Fans who really, REALLY, care about their teams know it.
As we will learn once again this year, NHL involvement in the Games is a large pain in the “tuuches,” and that’s not Finnish either!
Already, the beefing has begun and it’s only mid-Summer.
The NHL Players’ Association has issued an edict—it does this very well—that players should not participate in the pre-Games skates.
Click here for more. I’m on the fence with this issue as part of me feels the Winter Olympics would be a perfect event to showcase the top youngsters/prospects from each country. However, that’s really done in the World Junior Championships. Another part of me feels that the Winter Olympics are the perfect stage to feature the best hockey players in the world which means that NHL players should be included.
What do you folks think?
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