2014 Olympics and the NHL (UPD: NHL, NHLPA, IIHF, IOC meeting this week)
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02-20-2013, 08:26 AM
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It's not like the qualifying tournament was the only reason they didn't make it. You also get points for the previous Olympics and the three World Championships following the last Olympics. Germany has sucked over the course of the last four years.
Not only that, didn't Germany also get knocked out of next year's WJC?
No, they beat Latvia, who in turn was relegated.
And actually Germany has been pretty good the last 4 years. Last year's WC knocked them out of the top 9 automatic qualifying spots though which was their one bad year. Unfortunately for them, that one counted the most in the rankings.
I'm not sure why the absence of Germany would no longer make it "best-on-best" though. Austria beat them fair and square (well, tied them after regulation anyway which was all they needed, since Germany lost to Italy).
The idea that Germany deserves to be at the Olympics based on the talent they have produced is just silly. Might as well not even play any hockey then, and award all championships based on who has the best team on paper.
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