Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/13/05 at 05:09 PM ET
If the Czech Republic and Russia decide to take a 'no comply' stance on the latest Olympic participation negotiations, it could cost the European countries when it comes time to lean on the NHL for assistance. Although unlikely, the NHL could use the threat of Olympic participation to lure Russia and the Czech Republic into line with other IIHF federations. At the very least, sources tell Sportsnet the NHL could withhold funding from these two rebellious countries, and potentially refuse to release NHL players to both the Czech and Russian World Championship teams. A slight the Czech Republic must consider deeply, considering their role as defending champions.
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