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10-29-2012, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by flames12 View Post
There is no reason for RNH not to play considering there will be no season even Oiler fans will agree with me.
I agree with you that RNH should be released to play in the WJC but ... there are a couple compelling reason for having him skip it:

1) It will be a downgrade in competition from the NHL infused AHL.
2) As early as next weekend he'll be playing with his NHL linemates in OKC (Eberle and Hall) so if they are kept together they'll be able to transition to a lockout shortened season (starting in say mid January) with a lot more ease than most players.

Personally, I think those two points are outweighed by the opportunity to excel playing some very pressure packed games but it wouldn't be entirely unreasonable for the Oilers to disagree with me.

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