In all honesty, do you think NHL players really won't play in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia?
- Okay, what's the real reason behind this... is it because of the strain between the NHL and the Russian Hockey Federation?
- Or is it really because of the strain it would be on the players, schedule, and fans?
- What would the Olympics be without some of the players in the NHL?
- How do those players feel about possibly not playing for their country's national team in something as celebrated and honorable as the Olympics??
- Have I exceeded my question limit in one question?
(My apologies for that!)
I can't imagine Ovechkin or Malkin not playing for their country, especially not while it hosts the Olympics. They're players that are very important to the national team.
LITY - I agree about North American players, but players like Henrik Lundqvist, a Swede, come to mind... Playing and winning gold for Sweden was a big deal for him. That Swedish team was stacked though, and he got to play with players like Peter Forsberg, Daniel Alfredsson, Henrik Zetterberg... I can see how it probably wouldn't be as much of a thing for North American players, especially Canadians!
But no, I don't see how it would be a strain for the fans in any way... But uh, thanks for including us I guess, Bettman. Lol.
There's no tournament where NHL players can play for their country and compete with the best of the best every country has to offer. I wouldn't count the World Championships because, as you know, some of the best of the best are playing in the NHL playoffs. If they had a World Cup of Hockey tournament every 4 years or something, I don't think this dicussion would even take place. That would be ideal.
...Like I said, it'd be ridiculous if Malkin snuck back INTO Russia to play hockey. Although he could have a future as an international spy or something, I suppose. LOL.