Originally Posted by O. Bender
All these questions have been answered by international soccer. If major European soccer leagues can send their best players to play in international games - and they play dozens of such games per year - so can the NHL.
For example, have you heard of insuring players?
Moreover, wouldn't the same danger of injury exist when the Olympics are held in North America? So, why is the NHL fine with Olympics in North America and not in Europe?
Yes, the Russia-Sweden final would be bad for North American viewers, but can't the gain of European viewers somehow compensate?
Again, the bottom line - how can Canadian fans say: 'Yes, we have no problem with the NHL preventing us from seeing Canada's best play other countries' best. We are willing to live and die without seeing top-notch international hockey. We are suckers who willingly allow the greedy NHL bastards to deny us our pleasure. We shall just stupidly continue to shell out our hard-earned money for meaningless 80-some game NHL regular season and pretend that we care."?
Do any fans here in USA and Canada care about seeing top-notch international hockey in the next 8 years? Or is the idea of Canadian and Russian citizens playing for Atlanta play against the Canadian and Russian citizens playing for Detroit the most that you guys dream of? Do you know that the only reason why the players on your local NHL team agree to play for your city is because they get paid the most?
It's like an educated version of Sabresfan.
Originally Posted by FX™
I think they should continue playing throughout the Olympic break, just with a slightly more relaxed schedule. There's definitely no need for the entire schedule to stop.
I agree. Even just 4 games per team over the 2 weeks would be good enough.
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