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Morning Line- Craig Leipold On The NHL Participating In The 2022 Olympic Games

“Maybe the Olympics in China will be different,. We have to look at what the value of an Olympics does for our brand. You know, as an example, if this was in Vancouver again, I’m sure we’d be going because it makes a lot of sense. You know, for us to shut down our league, and take the risk of our players to go over there, there has to be value for our business for that to happen.”

-Craig Leipold, owner of the Minnesota Wild via Dan Mizutani of the Pioneer Press.

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What About The 2022 Winter Olympics?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

If you missed it, Daly offered an interesting answer when he was asked about the NHL’s involvement in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

“I think it’s early to make that call,” he answered. “Certainly, Beijing raises a lot of the same challenges as South Korea. But I also think, on the upside, in terms of the opportunities that might be available for hockey and for us, it might result in a different equation.”

Translation: After rejecting South Korea, the NHL will be in Beijing because the Olympics are king in China. To spurn the Beijing Games would be an insult to the country, specifically its government, and the NHL needs the government’s support if it wants to succeed here.

The more interesting question concerns the league’s fractured relationship with the IIHF. The international governing body has said the NHL’s participation in Beijing is contingent on its participation in the 2018 South Korea games. It’s also unlikely the IIHF will pick up travel and insurance costs for the NHL, which was a major stumbling block for PyeongChang.

That means another painful four years of bickering between Gary Bettman and Rene Fasel and the drip, drip, drip of more negotiations. 


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The Olympics May Be In The Back Of Ryan Malone’s Mind After Signing A PTO With The Wild

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

While there's no doubt Malone would love to prove himself in camp to the point he could sign an NHL two-way with the Wild or another team, this tryout appears to be intended to show Wild management he warrants an AHL deal.

While it's believed Pittsburgh and New Jersey has also shown interest in signing Malone to an AHL contract, Iowa is likely his preference because he could be closer to his two children and fiancee.

If he signs an AHL deal and not an NHL deal, Malone would be eligible to participate in the Winter Games in February in South Korea. Sources say he has discussed this possibility with USA Hockey in recent days.


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Rene Fasel Hoping For A Miracle

from Nick Butler of inside the games,

"It would take a miracle, maybe [for the NHL to fully participate]," Fasel told insidethegames during the IOC Coordination Commission inspection visit here.

"But I think the decision was done the NHLPA and NHL, so I think it would take something really special to happen.

"All the NHL players who would like to participate so they have to be on the long list from October 1, concerning World Anti-Doping Agency testing etc.

"The NHLPA and the NHL have to find a way.

"Actually the [NHL] PA is looking into  if this is possible, on the legal side.

"The League decision is the owners' decision, so there are some legal questions to find out over if the players are allowed to come or not.


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Morning Line- Sean Burke

“We go into PyeongChang believing gold is realistic. The last time that Canada wasn’t favoured was back in ’94, and I played in ’88 and ’92 so I remember those days very well. But even then, when the Russians were so powerful and the Czechs weren’t far behind, you still went into the Olympics expecting to compete for a gold. Nothing is going to change this time around. But we know there’s a lot of work to do and that things are different. We have to build our team differently. We’ll be as prepared as we can possibly be when we go into PyeongChang to compete for a gold, and that will give us a chance to win.”

-Sean Burke, GM of Team Canada.  Andrew Podnieks of IIHF.com has more on Team Canada.

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The Russian Plan

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

... And Marchenko’s signing, just like that of Markov, Nesterov, Grigorenko and so on, is simply another part of the plan the Russian Hockey Federation has had since the NHL announced it wouldn’t be sending players to the 2018 Olympics. Following the NHL’s early April declaration, the RHF released a statement saying it would attempt to keep its top talent in Russia and persuade top Russian free agents to play in the KHL, giving them the opportunity to suit up in Pyeongchang — an opportunity they seemingly won’t have in the NHL cut.

Russia hasn’t medalled at the Olympics, let alone stood atop the podium, in more than 15 years. Not since 1998 has Russia won a silver medal. And it’s been more than two decades since a gold medal was awarded to the nation. Russia is planning on changing that in February, though, and it’s starting with bulking up by brining any and all potential national team members home.


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Video- You Can Say Mason Raymond Went Backhand, Top Shelf Today

In the 2017 Sochi Hockey Open Bronze Medal Game.


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Appointed U.S. Olympic Team Coach Lacks NHL Faces

By Kelsey,

Tony Granato was announced as the coach for the United States Olympic team on Friday by the U.S.A Hockey. Tony is the University of Wisconsin’s head coach. He will coach the Olympic team at the highly anticipated 2018 Games to be held in South Korea. U.S.A Hockey also unveiled the plans it has to build a roster that lacks N.H.L players. These facts will greatly affect the NHL betting odds for the next season.

The players from the European leagues and colleges as well as from the American Hockey League will be the main composition of the American team. Furthermore, there is a high likelihood that a good number of national teams will have players who participated last year in the league. This is despite the fact that N.H.L decided that they will not send even a single player to Pyeongchang.

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Team USA Announces Management And Coaching Staff For The 2018 Olympic Hockey Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey today named the management and coaching staff for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.

On the management side, Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, has been named general manager, while Ben Smith (Gloucester, Mass.) will serve as director of player personnel.

USA Hockey also named Tony Granato (Downers Grove, Ill.), head coach of the University of Wisconsin men’s ice hockey team, as head coach of Team USA. Joining Granato behind the bench will be assistant coaches Keith Allain (Worcester, Mass.), Chris Chelios (Chicago, Ill.); Ron Rolston (Fenton, Mich.) and Scott Young (Clinton, Mass.).

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Keep An Open Mind Regarding Olympic Hockey

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It’s time for people to at least open their minds to the possibility that they may end up preferring the Olympics without the NHL. One major advantage is that it may create a stronger competition because hockey countries other than Canada, the U.S., Russia, Sweden and Finland may find themselves more capable of vying for medals, because the difference in talent won’t be as significant as it is when NHL players make those five countries nearly unbeatable to the rest of the world.

Best-on-best hockey is a concept that often produces terrific results, but it’s not guaranteed. Sochi, for example, was a colossal bore. Equally intriguing can be the way in which various federations build teams for important competitions without access to their best players.

Canadians, it seems, fuss over not having NHLers more than other country, primarily because people of a certain vintage in particular are familiar with the frustration of being beaten by other, sometimes lesser, hockey countries at events when Canada doesn’t have its best players. Remember, that’s why we pulled out of Olympic hockey entirely at one point.


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