The Off-Season Thread Part VI - Are we there yet? (Grabovski to Caps, 1 yr)
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08-26-2013, 06:01 PM
HOPE & CHANGE
Join Date: Mar 2002
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Everything is about the money.
Bettman wasn't crazy about going to Sochi. The NHL agreed to go to Sochi but they made sure it was just Sochi and made no commitments to future Olympics.
South Korea has a 13 hour time difference from the east coast of the United States and Toronto/Montreal. The NHL is going there in 2018?
Why might 2018 be a no-go for NHLers? Here are three big reasons:
—- Pyeongchang isn’t in North America. Here’s commissioner Gary Bettman in 2010: “In some places, the benefits are greater for the Olympic participation than others. When you’re in Vancouver or Salt Lake City and you’re in North American time zones and you’re getting that type of coverage, then you are getting coverage that may be commensurate with shutting down. When you’re halfway around the world, maybe the coverage isn’t as great.”
—- South Korea isn’t even a hockey nation. You’ll recall that much of the push for NHL participation in Sochi came from Russian players who wanted the opportunity to play for a gold medal at home — especially after the country’s disappointing performance in 2010. For obvious reasons, there won’t be that kind of push for Pyeongchang. The host of the 2022 Games has yet to be announced, but it’s not expected it will be held in North America.
—- The World Cup. There’s talk it could be reborn as an alternative to the Olympics — one that would be controlled and sanctioned by the NHL and NHLPA, cutting out the IIHF and IOC. While there’s certainly much to be said for the Olympic experience, remember that some of hockey’s most memorable international moments came outside of the Olympics, from the 1972 Summit Series to the Canada Cups to the inaugural World Cup in 1996 that was won by the United States.
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