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    Do you think that NHL players will participate in the 2014 Olympics?

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    After Russia's performance in the 2010 Olympic's.... it's a guarantee that the Russian NHLer's will want to play in their home country. My guess is that the NHL says no, but some players decide to go anyway, but the season will be played as scheduled.

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    Bettman will cave but use it as a bargaining chip in new NHL collective agreement or with Russia/KHL over the transfer agreement.

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    They will cave and be allowed to go. Because no matter what Bettman says, his stars are going to go. And Bettman can either cave and let it happen, or he can stand his ground and look like an idiot.

    I agree that he will use it as a bargaining chip.
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    I hope they cave.... The NHL'ers make the Olympic hockey aspect SOOOOO much better... But I'll wait and see...
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    I hope they cave.... The NHL'ers make the Olympic hockey aspect SOOOOO much better... But I'll wait and see...
    I agree.

    Personally if it were all amateuers and such playing hockey I'd probably have not watched a full game of olympic hockey. I think using professional athletes for the Olympics is how it should be. I'm watching the olympics to see the BEST players in the world compete against each other, not amateurs who are either too young to play Pro or not good enough.

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    Do you think that NHL players will participate in the 2014 Olympics?
    Yes, the players want to go, the fans want to see them play, the IOC wants NHLers there, it is good for the overall game. Demand will win.

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    Default Re: Will NHL players participate in the 2014 Olympics?

    yes they will go . the players want it ( including Norst america players )

    some owners want it

    and some coach to, look

    Wilson and Babcock wanted to see the NHL in Sochi
    Press CanadiennePubliť Sunday, February 28, 2010 AND 21.46

    Share | next two coaches who led the final tournament of the Olympic Games in Vancouver want the players of NHL are present at the Games in Sochi in 2014.

    Their presence at these Winter Games is undergoing a showdown that will deliver the NHL and the International Federation of Hockey (IIHF). But if it were up to Ron Wilson, the American coach, and Mike Babcock, Canada, the NHL players would be in Russia.

    "I hope the players - especially those that I lead, will go to Sochi, said Wilson. I think it's good for hockey. I personally believe that we must give back to fans around the world. We rather a good job when it comes to steal talent from around the world and I think we owe it to these supporters the chance to attend a tournament like this. "

    "I think the best players in the world should have the opportunity to win a gold medal for his part said Babcock. I think that's why the Olympics exist. I also think that This is an excellent showcase for the NHL. The players are delighted to be here and I think the final today was exceptional. "

    Both coaches also agree on another aspect: the timing of the NHL should be longer during Olympic years.

    "If they go to Sochi, I would ask the league to give a few more days to players," said Wilson. It's a bloody long journey. "

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