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Would The Owners Say No To Sochi?

from Dave Perkins of the Toronto Star,

This might have gotten lost in the endless blather about the NHL player lockout, but there’s a chance the participation of NHL players at the 2014 Olympic men’s hockey tournament also could be a casualty of the current idiocy.

Whether the boys go to Sochi, Russia — thankfully the women have no such squabbles to settle — was supposed to be a negotiated portion of the agreement that eludes both sides.

The players want to go and the Russians among those in thrall to Don Fehr and the union these days will go completely bananas if NHL participation is a casualty of the disharmony. So it should be case closed, one would think.

Yet how could the owners, allegedly still 100 per cent behind their snarling commissioner, be thinking of inserting another three-week shutdown into their business 14 months from now? Think about it. Are they really going to settle up this time with a 48-game season, or something similar, and then agree to shoehorning in another full slate next season around another three-week stretch of darkened arenas?

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SYF's avatar

Jeebus, if they do go, are we going to watch anyway?

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 12/19/12 at 11:13 AM ET

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I would watch, even though the start times are going to be very early in the morning (I’m in the Pacific Time Zone).

Posted by dash_pinched on 12/19/12 at 11:18 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

If they want to keep getting the best players from around the world, they HAVE to keep letting them attend the Olympics for their country.

I think players like Pav would go anyway.

Bad enough when asked about playing in the KHL he said he loves it, the arenas are packed now everynight, he could do this every night.

When asked about

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 12/19/12 at 03:27 PM ET

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*#$%@&’ computer.

When he was asked if he thought a CBA would be hashed out and hockey would start over here, he said he can’t say what he wishes or it wont come true.

This was posted by a member on HFboards and I agree with his hypothesis that Pav really likes it back home and wouldn’t mind staying there.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 12/19/12 at 03:28 PM ET

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