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Has Anyone Thought Of The Players?

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

If you go to an outdoor game and don't get caught up in the excitement, you're kind of soulless.

All of that said, there's one bad thing about next year's schedule, as reported by TSN's Darren Dreger: the last two games. They are Pittsburgh at Chicago on March 1 and Ottawa at Vancouver the next day.

That's six and seven days, respectively, after the conclusion of the Sochi Olympics. Look at the rosters of those four teams. Things can change, but how many players are going to Russia? You could make a good argument for at least 30.

It seems overly risky to send those players halfway across the world, bring them back and thrust them into unfamiliar surroundings. Every single one of them will want to play in both the Olympics and the outdoor game. I get that. But someone should be asking, "Is this really a good idea?"


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perfection's avatar

here here Friedman. he’s right on. that is beyond stupid scheduling. of course, the NHL hasn’t even “officially” agreed to let the players play in the Olympics (like they can actually stop them), but that is still absurd. I hope they rethink at least those last two games. Hopefully the players union at least voice this concern (but as Friedman points out, the players themselves probably WANT to do it).

and to throw one more game on the totally-stupid pile - how about this outdoor game in LA? they can’t even keep the ice decent indoors in warmer climates. it’s likely going to be hockey on a slush pile

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/17/13 at 06:50 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

“Think about player safety? How do you market that? What’s the back end on that action?” - imaginary Gary Bettman

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/17/13 at 07:39 PM ET

pautna's avatar

@perfection - The Kings and Rangers played an outdoor game during the 90’s in Vegas in 85 degree heat and the ice held up pretty good. The funky ice conditions at Staples Center for example, are due to so many other activities taking place at the arena, i.e., Lakers, Clippers, concerts, etc. Not the weather.

Posted by pautna on 04/17/13 at 07:47 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

The only time the NHL bosses think of the players is when it’s time to screw them out of their money.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/17/13 at 08:38 PM ET

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