NHL’s decision on 2018 may come in six months

 

Gary Bettman, Rene Fasel and Donald Fehr in Sochi. (Getty Images)
Donald Fehr, Rene Fasel and Gary Bettman in Sochi.

Whereas hockey followers enjoy every minute of this Olympic hockey match in Sochi, it's hard to ignore the distinct possibility that that is the final time we see NHL players in the Olympics.

The NHL's participation in the Olympics is all the time a hotly contested difficulty, especially when the Video games aren't in North America as would be the case once more in 2018 when the Olympics head to South Korea. Flyers owner Ed Snider made his place identified and it was hardly favorable towards the Olympic Video games; the league and its teams get very little benefit if any.

It's why Gary Bettman and the NHL have been talking about a return of the World Cup of Hockey, which at this point appears sure to happen. That was reaffirmed when Bettman, NHLPA head Donald Fehr and IIHF President Rene Fasel spoke in Sochi.

Different news: Fehr indicated official World Cup announcement is coming in the not-too-distant future…— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 18, 2014

Most have assumed that this means the NHL would be achieved with the Olympics and the World Cup would be a replacement for a global best-on-finest match that right now solely the Olympics truly gives. Nevermind that it's nearly unimaginable to exchange the Olympics, it would be something that the NHL would have more say in and simply as importantly, it wouldn't overlap with the NHL season.

However one may not preclude the other. No choice has been made but on 2018 even when the World Cup is all however a go at this level, the Olympics aren't out of the question but. It does not seem seemingly but the sport isn't over.

Bettman mentioned a decision may very well come within the next half 12 months relating to 2018 but it surely won't be coming now. It hasn't been a dialog in Sochi. He also explained the continued considering.

"I do not need to get into what the professionals and cons are for participating," Bettman said. Everyone is aware of them, and so they've been debated ad nauseam. We are here because we predict it is great to be here at present at this event. What comes next we'll all have to figure out, as we've executed each of the other instances that the NHL players have participated."

Practically everyone who is not involved in workforce administration loves the NHL in the olympics. Heck, even Red Wings GM Ken Holland continues to be in favor of the NHL being in the Video games. And we all know how the gamers feel about it.

With the NHL in the Olympics, hockey has really turn out to be the game of the Winter Games. The question is that if that would be the case again in Pyongyang four years from now. We'll find out

 

 

 

 

 

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Daly: NHL could reconsider its Sochi involvement

Bill Daly says the NHL could reconsider sending players to Sochi.

(Getty Images)Bill Daly says the NHL could reconsider sending players to Sochi. (Getty Images)
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The NHL is all set to send its players to Russia for the Winter Olympics, the league will shut down for two weeks, the rosters consisting mostly of NHL players have already been announced. The Olympics are a go.

 

However it's still not completely set in stone just a couple of weeks from the hockey action getting under way in Sochi. In an email with the Associated Press (via Sportsnet), NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said that any significant developments in regards to the terror threaths in Sochi could cause the NHL to call a last-minute change of plans. With the league set to push pause on its season for next month's Sochi Olympics, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly also is allowing for the possibility of a security issue that could keep the players from travelling to Russia at all. "As of now, we do not doubt that all necessary steps are being taken by the Sochi Organizing Committee, the Russian government and the IOC to ensure the safety of the athletes and guests in Sochi, " Daly wrote Monday in an email to The Associated Press. "Obviously, if something significant were to transpire between now and February 9 that causes us to question that conclusion, we will re-evaluate. I don't expect that will become necessary. " While Daly doesn't sound like he's worried anything is going to happen – and we all hope nothing does happen that would force the NHL's hand for a lot more reasons than just hockey – it's something the NHL has to consider. There has been a lot of concerns about safety in Russia lately as there are believed to be three females at large who are suicide bombers and one is thought to be in or around Sochi.

Earlier on Monday the House Homeland Security Committee chairman Mike McCaul called it 'the greatest [threat] I think I've evern seen because of the proximity of the terrorists to the Olympic Village. " So the threat is something that everybody is taking very seriously.

Already a few NHL players have told their families not to come to Russia for the Olympics, such as American defenseman Ryan Suter.

The Winter Olympics will have the Opening Ceremony Friday, Feb. 7 while the men's hockey schedule won't begin until Feb. 12.

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