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Oates Says No To Olympics Participation

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

The NHL and the NHL Players Association are meeting with the International Olympic Committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation today and tomorrow in New York to determine whether the league will allow its players to participate in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

One person who doesn’t believe NHL players should take part in the Olympics is Capitals Coach Adam Oates, even though he understands how it can help promote hockey.

“You know what, I don’t. I don’t. My honest answer is no,” Oates said Wednesday to a small group of reporters in Tampa. “Is it good for hockey that they do it? Great. But I grew up trying to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs, not Team Canada. Didn’t even know it existed.”


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Video- The Hotstove Tonight

The HNIC experts discussed what it will take to get the NHL to say yes to the Olympics. If you don't watch the full video, at least catch the short interview with Rene Fasel in the early part of the segment.

I have a feeling and the HNIC experts agree, someone in the NHL office won't be happy with what Fasel said.

Plus the group discussed the Tim Thomas trade and mentioned if the league did a favor for Jeremy Jacobs?


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A Possible Team USA Olympic Hockey Roster

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Coming off a surprising silver medal performance in 2010, Team USA will ice a competitive squad that is stacked in net, young and mobile on the blueline, and aggressive, if not particularly deep, up front.

Here’s how we see Team USA lining up in Russia.

Jonathan Quick (Kings): He’s off to a sluggish start this season, but at this point, the Conn Smythe winner is the presumptive No. 1 for his proven big-game ability.

Ryan Miller (Sabres): He hasn’t been the same player since the end of that 2009-10 season, but he doesn’t have anything to prove. The 2010 Olympic MVP is a lock to make this team.

Cory Schneider (Canucks): Craig Anderson of the Senators is lights out right now, but he’ll be 32 when the Games roll around. Schneider will be 27 and he has a future with the USA Hockey program, so he’ll get the call.

read on

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Talking Sochi

Bob McKenzie when asked by James Duthie if the NHL will be going to Sochi...

It's highly likely, just short of a forgone conclusion, that the National Hockey League will be shutting down for 16 days in the middle of next season...

What could stop the NHL from allowing the players to participate... Watch TSN's Insider Training show to find out.

Joining Duthie and McKenzie are Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun.

added 9:31pm,

TSN witth the story on Sochi, including will Babcock coach Team Canada and will Brian Burke run Team USA.

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Morning Line

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr talked throughout the lockout about growing the game internationally as key to growing HRR. The NHL owners have often gazed across the Atlantic as an underexposed market for the North American version of the game. Under the circumstances of an Olympics nine time zones away, can the NHL game be helped by attendance in Sochi? Is it worth postponing the NHL schedule for two weeks to grow the game with little or no input to the process?

Something has to change to make it worth everyone's while. The talk will begin shortly and a resolution has to come quickly, because in terms of the Olympics, it’s not that far away.

-John Shannon of Sportsnet where you can read more on the Olympics/NHL debate.

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Trying To Keep The NHL Players In The Olympics

from the CP at TSN,

If NHL players are to continue participating in the Olympics, it's going to involve a delicate political dance.

The issue was not resolved as part of the tentative collective bargaining agreement reached by the NHL and NHL Players' Association early Sunday morning and will now need to be hammered out between those parties and two others with strong ties to Rene Fasel -- the International Ice Hockey Federation, of which Fasel is president, and the International Olympic Committee, of which he is an influential member.

It's been clear for some time the NHL is seeking to receive more of a direct benefit for closing its doors every four years in February and handing over its most important assets. The tension was evident when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Fasel held a joint press conference at the 2010 Vancouver Games and Bettman lamented being nothing more than an "invited guest" at the Olympics with no say in how the event was run....

Now the NHL is looking to get a little more out of that relationship. According to sources, the changes it is expected to seek range from smaller issues such as access to tickets, hotels and better hospitality for team owners to larger things like sponsor recognition and a loosening of the IOC's notoriously strict guidelines on images, video and media.


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Gold Medal Game WJC- USA vs. Sweden

Again I won't spoil the results but if you wish to watch game highlights, look below to watch the TSN version.

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No Longer Just Canada’s Game

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

So Canada's under-20 national team won't be playing for the gold medal, after getting clocked 5-1 by the United States Thursday at the world junior championship in Ufa, Russia.

So this means ... what? A colossal failure? Cause for a royal commission? A closing of the borders so that those dastardly foreigners - all two of them, per team - can't play in our major junior leagues, take spots away from our own kids, and then turn around and use what they've learned here to beat us over there?

Or is it simply one more chapter in the ongoing story of a sport that now belongs to the elite players of a half-dozen or more nations, not just one or two. To Americans and Swedes, to Russians and Canadians, to Finns and Swiss and Czechs.

Not necessarily, but sometimes, in that order.


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USA/Canada WJC Semi-Final Round

Spoil alert if you keep reading.

Even thought I believe it is the reader who should avoid any type of media until they have watched the game they dvr'd, I will continue with the results below, thus allowing those who are reading via rss or Twitter to stop reading now.

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  Tags: team+canada, team+usa

All Vyacheslav Fetisov

from Russia Beyond The Headlines,

RBTH: You seem so sure that the NHL won’t let its players go to the Olympics, but the League won’t comment on this. Do you have inside information from top officials?

V.F.: I know some details of the talks between the NHL and the players. Believe me, international tournaments is the last thing they are talking about, well, maybe the second-to-last thing.

RBTH: But surely the Olympics should be one of the most important points on the agenda…

V.F.: You have to understand the psychology of business. For Bettman, just like any other NHL club owner, the Stanley Cup is a dream. But it also means money.

The Olympics are organized by the International Olympic Committee, which never shares its profits. This is their event, and something tells me that Bettman couldn’t care less about the players who want to play for their national team. I think most of the other club owners will agree with him.


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