NYT: Bargaining for Rights in Exchange for NHL in Olympics (UPD: Daly in Sochi)
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03-06-2013, 11:00 AM
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What ever gives you that idea? They's play in the Olympics, because it's The Olympics but the World Cup doesn't not enjoy such appreciation among the players who'd most likely spend the time vacationing still. Also, it's not about "following the lead" but rather "well if they're not going, why should we?/hey, we want the same money they do".
This will be done with the NHL and NHLPA with the $ to benefit both parties. If guys like Ovechkin and Malkin do not want to play for Russia in this type of event, that is their choice. Just like Roenick didn't play for the US in 96 as he didn't have a contract at the time and didnt want to risk injury. However, the threat of Europeans boycotting a World Cup is not going to force the NHL to agree to send their players to the Olympics. If a guy like Leonsis wants to allow his players to go, that is their business, but I assure you if Ovechkin gets hurt the league is not going to have sympathy for the Caps.
Secondly, if the NHL doesn't agree to send and then a few teams allow their players to go, it is not going to be deemed a legit tourney in the eyes of most fans. Just like the World Championship.
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