Monday, December 29, 2008

Should NHLers Be Allowed To Go To 2010 Qualifying?

I'd like to raise a discussion on the qualifying games for the 2010 Olympic Games. The big question at hand is whether it's right to allow players under NHL contract to play in the qualifying games to gain entry to the Olympics. There will be twelve teams playing in the Olympic tournament. The first nine have already been selected, based upon the IIHF World Rankings:

1. Canada
2. Russia
3. Sweden
4. Finland
5. Czech Republic
6. United States
7. Switzerland
8. Slovakia
9. Belarus

Obviously, anyone from these countries need not worry about the qualifying games, but what about the others competing for the final 3 spots? Three more teams will qualify in February out of these three groups:

Group E – Host: Hanover, Germany
Germany, Slovenia, Austria & Japan

Group F – Host: Riga, Latvia
Latvia, Italy, Ukraine, Hungary

Group G – Host: Oslo, Norway
Norway, Denmark, France, Kazakhstan

A little side note: When I saw that Kazakhstan was competing, all I could picture was a team of Borat's playing hockey wearing jersey's with anti-semetic logos on them.

Anywho, a league source was asked the NHL’s position on having players participate in the qualifying games. He said:

“As a general matter, we wouldn't endorse players under NHL contract missing NHL games to play in Olympic qualifying tournaments. I would say generally up to the discretion of the Club, but I wouldn't want to see established NHL players playing overseas when their NHL teams are playing here. And I'm quite sure the NHL Clubs wouldn't allow them to. It comes down to development decisions.”

I think it'd be different if this guy was actually good enough to represent his country, in the Olympics. Although, he's probably American, so exactly how good do you really need to be...?

Most players that would head overseas to play would miss no more than 2 regular season games. Obviously, if they happened to play for the red wings, sharks, or any team guaranteed entry into the playoffs, those 2 games they'd miss wouldn't be too important. Even if they were on the other end of the spectrum playing for the islanders, or lighting, whose chances of making playoffs are worse than the chances of Andy Reid ever fitting into a bikini, even missing 2 games for them wouldn't pose to be too much of a problem.

Representing your country in the Olympics is quite the honor, and no one should get in the way of that, contract or not. I'd like to hear other people's thoughts on the subject. Feel free to share...


Vance said...

Isn't this the last Olympics that NHL players will be allowed to participate?

I believe the NHL has stated that its such a logistical nightmare that they won't be allowing players to go for the Olympics past Vancouver.

Missing 15 days in the middle of February pushes the NHL season into what, July?

Why isn't there just a World Cup of Hockey, where the best of the best play in the Summer (like the World Baseball Classic) and let the Junior kids play in the Olympics?

Anonymous said...

Hello there! I could have sworn I've been to this site before but after checking through some of the
post I realized it's new to me. Nonetheless, I'm definitely glad I found it and I'll be book-marking and checking back often!

my webpage - Alberton Plumbing Advice

Anonymous said...

Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your
blog and wished to say that I have really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts.

In any case I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

Feel free to surf to my homepage; Chemist Direct Healthcare Products

Anonymous said...

Current domestic production of stainless steel pill enterprise mainly concentrated in the vicinity of Jiangsu
and Zhejiang, Hebei, Shandong, Shenzhen, Fujian and other places also have enterprises
in the production of stainless steel shot ready.
Some natural remedies will help whiten teeth, such as apple cider
vinegar. As we have seen, ash may be acidic and so can cause chemical corrosion to parts
of an aircraft.

Also visit my homepage - เครื่องขัดกระดาษทราย

Anonymous said...

Wow that was odd. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit
my comment didn't appear. Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say excellent blog!

Have a look at my web blog free bondage cams - -

Anonymous said...

Hi there mates, its impressive paragraph on the topic of tutoringand completely explained, keep it up all
the time.

Here is my web-site :: Home based jobs

Anonymous said...

I was able to find good info from your blog posts.

my blog post ... sized call centers

Anonymous said...

What tƴpe of camera іs this? Тhat іs definitely a great good qualitʏ.

My website; skinny love lyrics skinny love karaoke birdy

Anonymous said...

ugg boots outlet
miu miu handbags
genuine ugg boots
isabel marant sneakers
nike air max 2013
ugg boots uk
tods shoes
nike roshe run
ugg sale
ugg outlet
uggs on sale
ugg outlet store
canada goose jackets
ugg boots clearance
ugg australia sale uk
tory burch black friday sale 2014
discount ugg boots
uggs clearance
nike roshe run
canada goose outlet
cheap ugg boots
cheap ugg boots
ugg boots sale
ugg boots sale
uggs on sale uk
ugg boots outlet online
ugg black friday
uggs for sale
genuine ugg boots
dansko shoes
ugg boots sale
air max pas cher

John said...

asics shoes
adidas shoes uk
ralph lauren uk
coach factory outlet online
chaussure louboutin
under armour outlet
true religion uk
adidas nmd white
cheap air max
louboutin outlet
ralph lauren
cheap jordan shoes
puma shoes
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton pas cher
oakley sunglasses
michael kors outlet clearance
pandora charms sale clearance
ugg sale
cheap nfl jerseys
michael kors outlet clearance
oakley vault sunglasses
adidas nmd
canada goose sale
michael kors outlet
burberry outlet online
moncler outlet store
michael kors bags
stephen curry shoes
rolex watches
adidas nmd
christian louboutin sale

Fact: BanginPanger is not meant as an insult to the one and only Darren Pang, nor do I claim to be him. The views and opinions presented on BanginPanger are of my own, and no other namesake of the site, the NHL, Buffalo Sabres, Washington Capitals, or anyone else.