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Hockey Canada leans on NHL with Yzerman

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08:25 AM ET 03.06 | Steve Yzerman is back for another Olympic Winter Games -- whether NHL players will be in Sochi is another matter. Know this, it's no coincidence at all that Hockey Canada was brazen enough to announce Yzerman and the rest of his Olympic management staff (which includes the likes of Ken Holland, Kevin Lowe and Doug Amstrong) despite not knowing whether the NHL will send its players. This is a bit of a power play. Hockey Canada, just like all the national federations, wants the best players in the world to be there. Just like all hockey fans do, too. Announcing Yzerman before anything is even close to being decided on that front adds a little pressure on the NHL to commit for a fifth straight Olympics.

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March 6, 2012  08:52 AM ET

Wake me up when they decide.

March 6, 2012  09:13 AM ET

none should play. leave The Olympics to the amateurs, etc.
Another thing that would happen in a Spiny Norman administration

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March 6, 2012  09:19 AM ET
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Of course, you sacrifice your American audience, but...

Stop with the America/American hatin'.

JK! ;)

March 6, 2012  09:20 AM ET

"Hockey Canada was brazen enough to announce Yzerman and the rest of his Olympic management staff (which includes the likes of Ken Holland, Kevin Lowe and Doug Amstrong)"

Kevin Lowe? Oh, oh!

March 6, 2012  09:21 AM ET
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Stop with the America/American hatin'. JK! ;)

Yeah! Stop that!

Long live Brian Burke!

March 6, 2012  09:21 AM ET
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Mhm. And make the World Cup the premier event so the NHL actually makes some money off it! Of course, you sacrifice your American audience, but...

Losing the American audience doesn't seem to hurt the World Cup even a little bit.
The hockey Wold Cup would be fine...

March 6, 2012  09:27 AM ET

The NHL allows the players to go to the Olympics when it is in Canada, but when it goes to Russia well now they have to think about it. Seems to be a little self serving to me. Putin would take down the Buttgoblin if he tried to keep the NHL players out of the Olympics.

March 6, 2012  09:29 AM ET
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The NHL allows the players to go to the Olympics when it is in Canada, but when it goes to Russia well now they have to think about it. Seems to be a little self serving to me. Putin would take down the Buttgoblin if he tried to keep the NHL players out of the Olympics.

LOL!

Right on.

March 6, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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none should play. leave The Olympics to the amateurs, etc. Another thing that would happen in a Spiny Norman administration

Agreed.

March 6, 2012  09:46 AM ET
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"Hockey Canada was brazen enough to announce Yzerman and the rest of his Olympic management staff (which includes the likes of Ken Holland, Kevin Lowe and Doug Amstrong)"Kevin Lowe? Oh, oh!

My thoughts exactly Roamer ;-) Wasn't Duhryl or Doug Maclean available ?? Rotten Ron for coach !!

March 6, 2012  09:56 AM ET
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none should play. leave The Olympics to the amateurs, etc. Another thing that would happen in a Spiny Norman administration

I agree. I am a little tired of the pro athletes at any Olympics. Basketball and hockey should just send the college kids or the other amateurs.

March 6, 2012  10:01 AM ET
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My thoughts exactly Roamer ;-) Wasn't Duhryl or Doug Maclean available ?? Rotten Ron for coach!!

I'd love to see him back behind the USA bench....of course he'll have to get time-off from the car wash.

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March 6, 2012  10:04 AM ET

By not sending the best to play, you won't have a level playing field against the Russians. (or in this case, a level ice surface)

March 6, 2012  10:11 AM ET
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He's hovering under the Gardiner this week with a squeegee and a sign that says "Will work for ugly shirts".

After seeing him every Saturday for 4 straight years it appears he's done that before.

 
March 6, 2012  10:31 AM ET

Send the players. It's better than being kicked out in the first round by the Russian and other countries "amateurs"

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