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05-29-2010, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by RusskiyHockey View Post
Regarding the NHL "boycotting" the WC, who or what exactly is going to stop players from going? Will Bettman and his goons knock on Ovechkin's/Vokoun's/Stamkos'/etc. door and take their family away or something? If a player is eliminated from the playoffs and passes the medical, he should be able to represent his country if he wants to.
Well, if the NHL decide to prohibit their players to participate it could cause problems with insurance, so either the national teams or the player could have to pay for an extra insurance by themself. With such a physical sport and with the high salaries that would be really expensive for the federations or players, so I think they could decide to rather skip their participation.

I think at some point the German basketball team had that problem with Nowitzki, but I'm not sure about that, not a basketball fan.

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