Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/06/10 at 06:19 PM ET
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney looks at the Olympics as great entertainment for hockey fans
but at the same time wonders about the overall benefits of having NHL players participate. That includes the risk of injury as well as the rationale for shutting down the season for two weeks.
“(For) the NHL, at least at this stage, there is no tangible financial benefit,” he said. “We all enjoy the Olympics, love to watch it, but I personally like the amateurs. I like the unexpected.
“It’s all revenue, television revenue. If they had some tangible benefit other than the good will of seeing the best players - we all enjoy that, the fans love it - but I think there’s some really hard discussions going forward to see whether it makes sense for this league to shut down.
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