With the World Hockey Summit starting today, one of the biggest topics was how the NHL would handle future Olympic competitions, particularly the not-so-convenient 2014 Sochi Games. A couple days ago, I asked PHT readers what they thought about the possible return of the World Cup tournament and whether the NHL should continue participating in the Olympics.
Let’s take a look at the results of the poll. (Click to enlarge.)
A resounding 212 of the 256 votes went in favor of the NHL continuing its involvement with the Olympics, with keeping the World Cup as well slightly edging only participating in the Olympics. (For the record, there was one write-in comment that involved … chicken nuggets or something. I really love the Internet sometimes.)
Personally, I think that a World Cup might be a bit redundant, at least if it’s in the same year as the Olympics (much like the Hockey World Championships took a slight dip this summer since players were exhausted from the season and the Vancouver games). Overall, though, I think the poll results show that fans want to see the best players perform on the biggest stages, whether it’s the Stanley Cup Finals or Olympic Games.
Dubinsky won’t change, and he won’t go easy on Crosby
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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