2014 Olympics and the NHL (UPD: NHL, NHLPA, IIHF, IOC meeting this week)
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01-02-2013, 01:04 PM
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Selifishly, I hope they don't. If we really want an international cup, I hope they do it before the season like the old Canada/World cups.
I understand why people want the NHL to go to the olympics, I just don't really care about that tournament... I'd rather see an unbroken NHL season.
The way the world cup of football (soccer) is done, the national teams are constantly playing together... every few weeks/months they have a game as a team... the Olympic hockey stuff just feels manufactured. You throw a bunch of players together, albeit very good ones, and say play. As someone else said, a well structured/practiced NHL team full of average NHL players could probably play against the champion and compete based on systems and chemistry.
If they reduced the NHL/Euro seasons and had international qualifiers every few weeks, I might feel these international tournaments were more relevant, but that ain't gonna happen.
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