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Old 03-01-2010, 07:32 PM
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I love Pronger ever since he dissed Lindros at the draft.

Now that canadian team was stacked as were most teams. I think that in itself is the best argument for contracting some teams in the NHL
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Old 03-03-2010, 11:36 AM
Location: Houston, TX
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Charley Walters: USA Hockey chairman Walter Bush doesn't expect NHL players to compete in 2014 Olympics - TwinCities.com

Talk about stacked teams, in the link the head of USA hockey said the average salary on the Canadian roster was about $3 million per player more than the US team.
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Old 03-04-2010, 07:23 PM
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And the significance of that would be what?

The IIHF and the IOC removed restrictions on which players a country could send to the competition and all countries presumably gathered what they considered to be their best roster.

The US chose to pass over some older, established players in favour of younger talent.

The NHL tends to underpay players at the start of a career and permit higher salaries later in a career, often when a player is on the down slide -- lots of over-paid plugs out there (Bill Guerin, Paul Kariya, etc).

Under the current NHL collective agreement, players salaries and bargaining power is limited in the early part of their career, so it stands to reason that a younger roster would have a smaller cumulative salary.

It's interesting that the gentleman quoted in the article seems to feel that the US will be in the driver's seat if the NHL declines to participate in the 2014 tournament. His rationale is that the US will simply use players from the AHL and therefore dominate.

He seems to forget that AHL players are also pros under contract who would need the approval of their NHL teams to participate ----and that the AHL isn't comprised solely of US players.

In fact, I bet Russia would benefit most from a scenario where the NHL didn't participate: the talent currently playing in the KHL outstrips the NCAA by a considerable margin.
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Old 03-05-2010, 12:43 PM
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I agree CG, if we use AHL and such, I think the Russians would skate circles around us. I guarantee they will come out on fire for "their" Olympics. The officiating will be a bit different as well, catering to the Eurotrash style.
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