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Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Bettman previously linked NHL player participation in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics to a multi-year extension of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

But one longtime NHL player agent said Thursday that the NHLPA engaging in any sort of CBA extension negotiation linked to a fast-approaching World Cup of Hockey deadline is a massive tactical error.

“It’s a travesty,” said Anton Thun, who has represented NHL players since 1985. “For an international hockey calendar or a World Cup of Hockey in 2020 to have any impact at all or be the reason for hastening CBA talks does not make any sense.

“The World Cup of Hockey in 2016 did not advance hockey to the world. It generated relative peanuts. It was not international hockey, it did not develop international hockey, it was NHL players wearing their country’s – or an artificial entity’s – jerseys and it brought in local money from Toronto. That’s it.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/10/19 at 08:28 PM ET

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