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Any notion that these two sides -- the NHLPA and NHL -- were partners in growing the game appear to be gone, thoughts of shared press conferences preceding the World Cup of Hockey a distant memory. You can already see the two sides retreating to their corners.

-Craig Custance of ESPN when answering this question- What will be the most notable fallout from the NHL's decision not to go to the Olympics?  More from Custance and the ESPN hockey crew.

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This ain’t going to be pretty; both in the short term and the long term. I understand the owner’s reluctance to participate in the Olympics but Bettman basically tried to cast blame on the players because they weren’t willing to make concessions in their bargaining agreement to make it happen. Speak the truth Bettman. It was the owners that chose not to go. End of story.

There are probably reasons the NHL hasn’t already decided when to hold the next World Cup. If they hold it soon you might see players who wanted to play in the Olympics boycott the event. If they put it off, it’ll coincide with negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement and you can bet the players won’t show for a World Cup in the middle of a labor dispute.

Posted by evileye on 04/04/17 at 09:28 AM ET

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partners in growing the game nhl

Fixed it for him. And he’s wrong, that “partnership” is intact even though some the players might have some butt-hurt over not representing their countries while picking up a little extra escrow-free pocket money.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 04/04/17 at 12:47 PM ET

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