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Jakub Voracek peeved about NHL’s Olympic stance

From TSN and CSN Philly's Tim Panaccio:

Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek pulled no punches when it came to the increasing likelihood that National League Hockey players won't be taking part in next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"Absolutely ridiculous," Voracek told CSN Philly's Tim Panaccio on Thursday of the situation.

As it stands, the NHL won't be releasing its players for the Games that get underway on February 9. During this past week's general managers meetings in Boca Raton, Florida, league commissioner Gary Bettman indicated that there was no appetite from the teams to participate, despite interest from the players.

"Unless something changes we're not going," deputy commissioner Bill Daly added to the Canadian Press.  "We've said that consistently for three months so there's nothing new about that."

Voracek, who has represented his native Czech Republic nine times internationally including at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, found that tack to be unaccpetable.

"We have it once every four years," Voracek said. "I read something that Bill Daly said we're not going. Nobody wants you to go. The players want to go. Why you're saying you're not going? You're not part of the players association. ... Nobody wants you there. They want the players."

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Primis's avatar

I get everyone’s sentimentality about the Olympics and stuff but…. objectively looking at it and what it is, there’s absolutely no reason for the NHL to want players playing there.

If the players don’t like that… perhaps they should have collectively bargained it.  Because contractually, the NHL owes them nothing to let them go, and again objectively the NHL stands to LOSE a whole lot from the whole thing.

I mean, I’m pretty sure I can’t go to my employer and say “Look, there’s a convention I’d really like to attend even though I already promised to do other projects at that time” and then throw a fit if the employer says “no” because I’m already committed and obligated to those other things.

I don’t think the PA would or should collectively bargain for it either though, because as for hills to die on…. I think they’d have to have concessions elsewhere to get what they want, and they’d just gripe about those instead.

Posted by Primis on 03/10/17 at 01:47 PM ET

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