NHL’s Olympic participation going through new considerations and hurdles – [Update News]

There’s a possible situation looming that’s making some individuals nervous proper now.

The truth that so many Olympic-bound NHL gamers shall be flying instantly from the All-Star weekend in Las Vegas from Feb. 4-5 to Beijing for the Video games has some involved in regards to the potential for COVID-19 circumstances touchdown in China.

Because of this, in line with sources, the NHL Gamers’ Affiliation has been pushing for tighter protocols for gamers at All-Star weekend in Vegas to keep away from that as a lot as doable.

Are you able to think about the nightmare situation of any NHL-laden Olympic roster going through an outbreak in Beijing due to the Vegas All-Star weekend?

So it could seem, based mostly on what the NHLPA is pushing for, that the Vegas expertise received’t be the conventional Vegas expertise for gamers. Which shall be a bummer, little doubt, for gamers searching for some enjoyable in Sin Metropolis. It’s additionally comprehensible.

But it surely additionally begs the query: Why the heck is there an All-Star weekend in a 12 months the NHL is taking part within the Olympic Video games?

The final time the NHL had each an All-Star weekend and took part within the Olympics was 2002 when All-Star weekend was in Los Angeles adopted by the Salt Lake Metropolis Video games.

After that, the NHL correctly didn’t have an All-Star Sport in 2006 forward of Turin, in 2010 forward of Vancouver, or in 2014 forward of Sochi.

The NHL schedule is compressed sufficient with out having each an all-star and Olympic break. With each scheduled for this 12 months, the season will finish a bit later than a traditional 12 months — the Stanley Cup Closing scheduled to enter late June, the NHL draft July 7-8 and the opening of free company on July 13.

It isn’t the tip of the world.

However I keep in mind being fairly shocked final summer time when, as a part of the NHL schedule launch for the 2021-22 season, an All-Star Sport in Vegas was introduced.