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by George Malik on 02/07/14 at 12:55 AM ET
Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider is most certainly an outspoken gentleman, and he had...Some things...to say about the Olympics after his team's 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, as noted by the AP's Dan Gelston:
''I hate them,'' said Snider, the Flyers founder.
He added: ''It's ridiculous, the whole thing is ridiculous. I don't care if it was in Philadelphia, I wouldn't want to break up the league. I think it's ridiculous to take three weeks off, or however long it is, in the middle of the season. It screws up everything. .. How can anybody be happy breaking up their season. No other league does it, why should we? There's no benefit to us whatsoever. If anything, I can only see negatives.''
Reminded the Flyers reached the Stanley Cup finals during the last Olympics in 2010, Snider laughed.
''Maybe I like them,'' he said. ''I forget about that.''
Claude Giroux, who scored an empty-netter with 20 seconds left, has plenty of time to rest during the break. He was snubbed Thursday by Hockey Canada when Martin St. Louis was picked as an injury replacement for his Tampa Bay teammate Steven Stamkos.
Steve Yzerman, the Canadians' executive director and Tampa Bay's general manager, chose St. Louis over Giroux and Pittsburgh's James Neal.
''It's a farce,'' Snider said. ''He's one of the best players in the game. It's ridiculous. He's better than half the guys on that team. Anybody that thinks that Claude Giroux doesn't belong on the Canadian team, they don't know anything about hockey as far as I'm concerned. It's politics, to a certain degree. He had to pick his own guy. His own guy is good, but Claude is better."
Continued with the usual recappy stuff...
added 2/7/14, 8:08am,
Raw video of Snider talking...
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