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08:22 AM ET 01.18 | After playing in the KHL during the lockout, Alex Ovechkin may get another taste of hockey in Russia. The Capitals will allow [Ovechkin] to take part in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, regardless of whether the NHL permits all of its players to participate in the games, owner Ted Leonsis said Thursday. Ovechkin, who on Wednesday was named a torchbearer for the Sochi games, has said multiple times that he intends to play in his home country. ... [Said Leonsis:] "It was never brought up, discussed at all during the [labor] negotiations. If they don't and Alex still wants to go to the Olympics, I'm going to be honest, I'm going to let him go," Leonsis continued. "I just think it's kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing for him to have something played in Russia."

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January 18, 2013  08:53 AM ET

Apart from the obvious considerations of and the obvious contractual obligations any of the NHL players face if they want to go to Sochi, if their contract holders give the OK, who is the league to stop them?

That's not to say they won't try...

January 18, 2013  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Apart from the obvious considerations of and the obvious contractual obligations any of the NHL players face if they want to go to Sochi, if their contract holders give the OK, who is the league to stop them?That's not to say they won't try...

true....but the Marquee guys may really want to leave, and that could hurt the teams I guess

January 18, 2013  09:27 AM ET

Like Leonsis had a choice..

January 18, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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true....but the Marquee guys may really want to leave, and that could hurt the teams I guess

True enough, especially if something awry happens and they get injured, everything is a risk, but is it worth the reward? That would have to be a paramount consideration.

January 18, 2013  09:45 AM ET

send the players to the olympics. Hank is a strong guy, he will cope, just like he always has.

January 18, 2013  09:47 AM ET
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True enough, especially if something awry happens and they get injured, everything is a risk, but is it worth the reward? That would have to be a paramount consideration.

c'est la vie.

I think it's worth it because it makes for a great event and provides a stage for really great hockey. If I look at Canada's potential roster, I WANT to see these guys play together. I want to see what Crosby and Stamkos will look like together...

January 18, 2013  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

send the players to the olympics. Hank is a strong guy, he will cope, just like he always has.

I don't know, I don't lke th e pros there. I also don't like the season shutting down for 2 weeks.
Let the kids play.
I always thought (and this goes for b-ball too) that they should send the winner of the NCAA tournament there

January 18, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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c'est la vie. I think it's worth it because it makes for a great event and provides a stage for really great hockey. If I look at Canada's potential roster, I WANT to see these guys play together. I want to see what Crosby and Stamkos will look like together...

I agree, I believe playing for one's country is an excellent thing, and all those pie in the sky dreams of certain roster combinations can be given a but of go. All risks aside, they should be allowed to play.

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January 18, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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I don't know, I don't lke th e pros there. I also don't like the season shutting down for 2 weeks.Let the kids play.I always thought (and this goes for b-ball too) that they should send the winner of the NCAA tournament there

and you,re entitled to that opinion. If you're not going to send the very best to an event that is about awarding awards for excellence, then just don't have the event.

January 18, 2013  10:09 AM ET

Olympics should be for amateurs not the pros. There's no reason the pro leagues can't hold some sort of international competition of their own. Give the kids a chance who may never make it to the pros to have their day.

January 18, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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I always thought (and this goes for b-ball too) that they should send the winner of the NCAA tournament there

I been saying that for years Spiny....it's a nice reward for winning the NCAA

January 18, 2013  10:27 AM ET
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and you,re entitled to that opinion. If you're not going to send the very best to an event that is about awarding awards for excellence, then just don't have the event.

Faster higher, stronger
Not to win, but to compete...

Nothing in there about TV Ratings

January 18, 2013  10:27 AM ET
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Olympics should be for amateurs not the pros. There's no reason the pro leagues can't hold some sort of international competition of their own. Give the kids a chance who may never make it to the pros to have their day.

this.....+1000

January 18, 2013  10:46 AM ET
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Faster higher, strongerNot to win, but to compete...Nothing in there about TV Ratings

Yep.


Since the pros have pretty much taken over the Olympics, someone else should start them over again and only include the amateurs. Couldn't call them the Olympics but who cares.

January 18, 2013  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Yep.Since the pros have pretty much taken over the Olympics, someone else should start them over again and only include the amateurs. Couldn't call them the Olympics but who cares.

or, someone with some testicular fortitude should take over the olympics and say no to the pros

January 18, 2013  11:16 AM ET

WGAF

January 18, 2013  11:46 AM ET
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I agree, I believe playing for one's country is an excellent thing,

I would agree.

But once you've sold your soul for the Almighty Shekel you should do it in some other venue.

And hockey had those other venues, they just stopped doing them.

January 18, 2013  11:50 AM ET
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I would agree.But once you've sold your soul for the Almighty Shekel you should do it in some other venue.And hockey had those other venues, they just stopped doing them.

Yep. There was a good thread going on yesterday about the Summit Series. That was far more exciting than Olympic hockey is these days.

 
January 18, 2013  12:05 PM ET
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Yep. There was a good thread going on yesterday about the Summit Series. That was far more exciting than Olympic hockey is these days.

The last great international hate filled series was the 1987 Canada Cup.

Gretzky to Lemieux, etc...

Since then they all play here anyway and hockey without a bit of hate is pretty limp.

Like I said yesterday 1972 had kicking, spearing, slashing, middle ****, attempted decapitation of official.

It was great.

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