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Afternoon Line- Connor McDavid On Not Being Able To Participate In The Olympics

“I’m really upset about it.

“You want to be able to represent your country on the highest stage, and the Olympics is obviously the highest stage possible. To know that you might not be able to represent your country at the Olympics for another four years for sure. … Even if you’re able to in four years, it’s disappointing.”

-Connor McDavid via Luke Fox of Sportsnet.

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ilovehomers's avatar

Take it up with the PA, man. It’s clear they didn’t fight hard enough for it.

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/26/17 at 01:36 PM ET

SauceBoss's avatar

Just goes to show that all the owners give a damn about is money. Very few are true hockey fans. They don’t care how their star players feel if they can’t compete. Just sad. Bad for the game.

Posted by SauceBoss on 07/26/17 at 02:26 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

Take it up with the PA, man. It’s clear they didn’t fight hard enough for it.

When the short guy on the other side of the table’s first and only negotiating tactic is to lock the players out when he doesn’t get what he wants, it’s tough to do any sort of negotiating.

Posted by Steeb on 07/26/17 at 02:29 PM ET

Iggy_Rules's avatar

A guy like McDavid could have negotiated that as part of his contract with the Oilers if he really wanted to go. It would have been interesting g to see a clause like that appear, see how the league and the PA reacts.

The NHL players not participating is absolutely asinine.

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 07/26/17 at 02:47 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

If the players wanted it bad enough, it should have been a sticking point for them. Sorry folls, the owners care about their money. We cant change that. Makes no sense to send the players over, for pretty well no benefit to the owners, to potentially get injured, lose out on playoff revenue, ticlet revenue, etc.

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/26/17 at 06:10 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

Makes no sense to send the players over, for pretty well no benefit to the owners, to potentially get injured, lose out on playoff revenue, ticlet revenue, etc.

Sill 82 games a year. Still 41 home games of concessions, gate, merch, etc. It seems like every other sentence that comes out of the League office is how they have to “grow the game”—right up until that means doing something that actually will grow the game. And how is the World Cup any different from players going to the Olympics, as far as injuries go?

I’m fine if they don’t send NHL players to the Olympics, but every excuse they trot out about it is BS at best.

And so the Olympic tournament will be the Swedish Elite League All-Stars, KHL All-Stars, Swiss League A All-Stars, Finn Elite League All-Stars, etc, and American college players, and Canadian Major Junior All-Stars. Which will probably be interesting, but I really don’t see how it steers the casual fan, who drops in for the Olympics, toward the NHL at all.

Posted by Steeb on 07/26/17 at 06:29 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

I dont agree either, but im not letting Trump borrow my car, put miles on it, potentially crash it, etc. For the sake of….safety testing? Idk a comparable. The owners may have insurance, but edmonton losing connor mcdavid would pretty well floor them (i dont buy into the draisaitl hype).

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/26/17 at 08:09 PM ET

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And how is the World Cup any different from players going to the Olympics, as far as injuries go?

Because the league is getting paid for one of those

Posted by EthrDemon on 07/27/17 at 04:52 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

And how is the World Cup any different from players going to the Olympics, as far as injuries go?

Because the league is getting paid for one of those

True, but the chances of injury are not any different in a NHL owner money grab fake tournament than in an internationally recognized and watched event.

Posted by Steeb on 07/27/17 at 05:19 PM ET

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