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player who is OK http://www.redskinsnflofficialproshop.com/YOUTH+BASHAUD+BREELAND+JERSEY with missing the 2018 Winter Olympics. "I wouldn't be on the team," Vancouver Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev told ESPN.com in September. "But I'm sure a lot of guys would like to be there."
While a couple dozen players would get to represent their respective countries if the NHL wasn't skipping its first Winter Games since 1998, the rest of the league -- players such as Tanev -- would get a three-week break baked into the middle of a taxing NHL season.
We know how the league http://www.eaglesofficialsshop.com/Brandon_Brooks_Jersey_Cheap feels about its decision to skip out on Pyeongchang in 2018. "None at all," Gary Bettman said at a sports business panel in Toronto on Nov. 13 when asked if he had any regrets Womens Wesley Johnson Jersey about not breaking for the Games.
But what do other folks around hockey have to say? ESPN polled a wide array of people, from an NHL owner to a GM to a handful of retired players, including some who have competed in the Olympics. Here's what they had to say about the NHL's gamesmanship NaVorro Bowman Jersey surrounding the Games.
Rocky Wirtz, owner of the Chicago Blackhawks: I think [participating in the Olympics] is only good if the players and the league http://www.nflbengalsofficialshop.com/Nike-Aj-Green-Jersey.html can share some of the revenue. The Olympics wouldn't let [the NHL] use its logos. So, regardless if it was during the middle of the season ... if there was some way they could share, and let the players do something -- and that's why they had the World Cup -- I think that's the way to go. And then, quite frankly, you're scared to death about injuries. If you have a team that has a number of players going, like the Blackhawks did in 2010, you could lose everything with just one injury.
"I had the privilege of playing in six Olympics, and that's why I know how much it means and how great the experience is," Teemu Selanne says. "I wish everyone would have the same chance to do it." Martin Rose/Getty Images
Teemu Selanne, six-time Olympian with Team Finland: I really believe that NHL players should be there. Obviously, that's one reason why I [waited a year to come to the NHL]; I wanted to play in the 1992 Olympics, and at the time, NHL players weren't able to play. I really wanted the experience. Now, for some players, this is their first and only chance to get in the Olympics -- and now they can't go. I feel sorry for them. I had the privilege of playing in six Olympics, and that's why I know how much it means and how great the experience is. I wish everyone would have the same chance to do it.
Steve Yzerman, Tampa Bay GM and former executive director of Team Canada: Obviously I wish we were there. I understand the Dikembe Mutombo Authentic Jersey issues we weren't Andrew Norwell Jersey able to overcome to make an agreement to be there. I'm hopeful we can work on them in the future. For the game, for our league, it's a good thing long term. But there are some issues that need to be resolved.
Scott Stevens, retired NHL player and 1998 Canadian Olympian: I kind of liked it when it was amateurs [playing in the Olympics]. I know that's kind of weird, but I kind of liked when it was juniors and amateurs. It was fun to watch, and it was great for those guys. Some of those guys never get a chance to play in the NHL, and that's their Stanley Cup. I don't mind it going back that way, I'd like to see it go to the old days. Keep the NHL the NHL and playing for the Stanley Cups. I think it's too long of a wait, too long of a break. I think it's not great for the owners, not great for the other players.
Paul Kariya, retired NHL player, who played in the Olympics http://www.officialauthenticbuccaneersstore.com/womens_adam_humphries_jersey as an amateur and a pro: I think it's really beneficial, not just to the NHL but to the game of hockey, with professionals playing in the Olympics. All the players wanted to go, but at the same time, I was able to compete as an amateur, and that was the greatest experience I had as a hockey player. So I can see both sides of it. I'm sure it will be a great Olympics, and I'm really looking forward to watching it. Hopefully one day the NHL players will get a chance to go back.
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