The failure of the KHL and NHL players on the roster to blend into a cohesive team was clear and apparent. There were rumors in the past few days of tension in the Russian camp, and at the heart of it was the KHL-NHL issue. Why in the world was Alexander Popov playing on the top line with Ovechkin and Malkin the past two games? Why was KHL defenseman Evgeni Medvedev among the leaders in ice time on the team, playing more than NHLers such as Fedor Tyutin and Alexei Emelin?
Why? Because the KHL and Russian hockey hoped to use the world's biggest hockey games as a propaganda tool for the Russian professional league that vies to rival the NHL. Well, that was a complete and utter disaster.
Does anyone believe that the KHL is on a similar level of play than the NHL?
Seems as though those in charge of the Russian Olympic squad have their heads in the sand.
Fasel says there's no chance hockey could be moved to the Summer Games -- to avoid interrupting NHL seasons -- and he's not in favor of a World Cup of Hockey replacing best-on-best hockey at the Olympics.
I want a framed picture of Oshie grinning before those shootout attempts. There is literally no situation in hockey where there's more pressure on an individual player. No shootouts in the NHL playoffs. This is as high stakes as it gets, and that kid had to shoot what 5, 6 times? And he did it with a smile on his face. That dude rules soooo much.
That was the thing, you could see it in Kovulchuks eyes, like "FFS, I have to shoot again?" It was definately wearing him and Pav down, the pressure of it. Oshie was too dumb and too young to care The definition of clutch.
Then why are you here? I DO care about the NHL season and the Red Wings. I don't give a flying f*** about the Olympics. I want the players who are being paid to play here to have their loyalties to the Red Wings. "We" don't owe them anything. Zetterberg has the life and career he has because of the Red Wings, not because of Team Sweden. Let's hope this puts an end to this ridiculous Olympics BS once and for all.
Right, and all three are likely missing time directly due to the Olympics. All 3 played hurt when they shouldn't have, to try and be ready for Sochi.
Simply not true. Franzen was concussed before the Olympics, and would still be out concussed in an NHL only no-Olympics season. He didn't suffer another concussion when he came back for 1 game, he simply wasn't recovered from his initial concussion (only 3 days symptom free when the protocol is meant to be minimum 7). He didn't rush back for the Olympics, he rushed back because we had no centers.
Datsyuk was injured before the Olympics and would still be injured without the Olympics. He may be guilty of delaying surgery so as not to miss Sochi, but we won't know that for another 2 weeks.
Zetterberg has been plagued with his bad back for 3 months now. He hasn't practised in forever. He's clearly been playing through the pain for Detroit. He had it before the Olympics, and he would have had it without an Olympics. MANY on here have speculated that it was only a matter of time before his back went again. Unlucky for us it went after the Czech game.
Oh I think I estimated the owners about right. I think everybody else is overestimating the owners concerns about shutting down the league.
Just think about this for a second, these are the same guys who wiped out an entire season and almost another (maybe about 52 weeks worth of games). Do you honestly think these guys are worried about 2-3 weeks every 4 years?? That's child's play to these guys. And I wouldn't be surprised to find out that the owners who have a problem with the Olympics are the same ones who supported the lockouts. Talk about irony.
Exactly. The owner weren't concerned about "losing momentum" and "not having any income from games" when they locked the players out for half a season last year, and the full season before that.
And they're not concerned about injuries to their prize assets, as they can just as easily get injured in a summer world cup.
I have a few thoughts. Players exchange certain abilities like choosing where they play and limiting their leisure activities in exchange for obscene amounts of money. All those limits are part of the CBA. They're all agreed to. If players want to play Olympics, fine. But if they get hurt then they should have to cover their medical bills themselves and not get paid until they're healthy again. If the injury is serious, their team should be able to terminate the contract with no penalty. If I break my collar bone on my time and can't work, my boss can fire me, why should it be different for pro athletes? They should also forfeit their pay for any games they miss traveling or whatever. I think that this is just posturing by the league to get some kind of concessions from the PA. Enough high profile players are going to want to play that the league will end up shutting down again. But it's going to cost the players something.
1) No-one should be fired for suffering an injury out of work
2) Pro athletes are different to regular Joes like you and me. They are the top 0.001% of the population. There are only a handful of people on the planet who can do what they do. Its why they get paid so much - the demand is high, and the supply is low. Its also why it makes no sense for an athlete to pay their own medical bills, the team would be cutting off their nose to spite their face - "You sit on the sidelines not scoring any goals for my team Ovechkin, that'll teach you a lesson!"
3) The injury excuse is a COMPLETE RED HERRING. If the owners were so concerned about injuries, they wouldn't be proposing a World Cup at the end of a long and gruelling season. Y'know, a tournament just like the Olympics were their prize assets are equally likely to get injured. Except of course, they get injured making $$$$$$ for the owners.......