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Both men sound as if they are on the same page, a good start if you want the NHL to participate in the Sochi Olympics.
It's so good to see Jablonski with such a positive attitude.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
If hockey’s powerbrokers were simply trying to determine whether it was best for the top players in the sport to participate in the Sochi Olympics next year then there would be no reason for everyone to descend on Manhattan for two days of potentially contentious meetings.
The answer to that question is as obvious it always has been to virtually every fan and player of the game. Yes, the NHLers should be there. It is what is right for the sport of hockey – if not also the business of hockey.
And you can be sure that everyone sitting in the boardroom above the Avenue of the Americas on Thursday and Friday is already aware of that fact. They have been for quite some time.
However, don’t for a second believe that the NHL’s participation in a fifth straight Olympic Games is as much a certainty as we’ve all thought. On the eve of the meetings, two sources who view the issue from different vantage points told Sportsnet.ca that they could envision a scenario in which a deal isn’t reached.
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.”
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?
The story of hearing impaired hockey player Gregg Sutch via CBC.
To watch more of the HDIC videos, go here and enjoy.
via the CP at TSN,
Defenceman Chris Campoli will play the rest of the 2012-13 season with a team in Switzerland, according to Swiss media reports.
The Geneva Tribune and Swiss Hockey News reported that Campoli, who helped negotiate a new NHL collective bargaining agreement, has signed for the balance of the season with Geneva of Switzerland's top league. Geneva used its eighth and last foreign-player license to sign him.
Campoli, a 28-year-old Mississauga, Ont., native, played for the Montreal Canadiens last season, recording two goals and nine assists, but his contract was not renewed. He was an unrestricted free agent while serving as a member of the NHL Players Association's negotiating committee during the lockout. He had been seeking a new team since the lockout ended in early January.
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.
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.
TSN witth the story on Sochi, including will Babcock coach Team Canada and will Brian Burke run Team USA.
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