Russia should let us win and we ll let them win in Sochi
And IF Bettman doesnt let them play (which we all know that wont happen, the NHL players are going, or there is gonna be a mass russian movement to the KHL lol, okay maybe not) how much sense would it make for the NHL to start their season overseas to grow the game LOL?
Representing your country at Olympics and winning it is almost as important for players as winning Stanley cup. If Russians go, Bettman will become a person to blame that he did not let players express their patriotism by representing their own country. But again, NHL is money oriented so no one really knows what will happen, even though Bettman would be evil once again.
NHL participates in the Olympics to gain more exposure for hockey world wide. Gary says that games in Sochi will be viewed between 4 A.M. and 2 P.M.on the eastern seaboard.
That is less then ideal for the NHL because hockey won't get any promotion in the States, however maybe this could be a boost for NHL exposure over in Europe because they will see the games live (almost).
It's almost as if there's no such thing as taped delay...
If Team USA makes it to the gold medal game there is absolutely no way he will keep the NHL away from the Olympics in 2014. The exposure the game can get here by fielding a solid team is simply too much to pass on.
If the winter Olympics can get me to pay a little attention to curling and speed skating (lol) then there is no doubt in my mind that average sports fans are watching hockey right now, and could become legitimate fans if the US does well enough.
But what if its Finland-Sweden again?
Seriously though, if Canada wins I think the odds for going again will get a lot smaller. Just a hunch. Its not up to Bettman to decide. Its up to the Presidents. They are only human, and they are from Canada. They would want "revenge" if they lost.