Online Hockey Betting Stakes not High at PyeongchangPosted by: Mike Davis
The online hockey betting stakes at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang County, South Korea will not be as high as they could be unless the NHL has a Yul Brynner moment and lets its people go. “Having NHL players participate in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games is not an available option,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email to The Hockey News. “All of the international federations are planning appropriately for constructing teams that will not include NHL players. I anticipate there will be federation announcements in the coming days that should eliminate any and all continuing doubt or skepticism about the issue.”
Boo! Down with Daly! Impeach Gary Bettman! Not just people who get a kick out of the ebbing and flowing of hockey betting odds are displeased by the league’s tyrannical ways. Skaters such as Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Henrik Lundqvist, and Erik Karlsson, but especially Canadian centre and captain for the Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid have taken umbrage at being denied the possibility to represent their respective national colours in the 2018 Winter Olympic games. “I’m really upset about it,” the 2016-17 Ted Lindsay Award winner said, per Sportsnet.ca. “You want to be able to represent your country on the highest stage, and the Olympics is obviously the highest stage possible. To know that you might not be able to represent your country at the Olympics for another four years for sure. … it’s disappointing.” It’s disappointing for online hockey betting fans too
Former Oiler and current left winger for the New Jersey Devils echoed his compatriots’ plaints. “I would love to have the opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf,” he said during an interview in Kingston, Ontario. Beats wearing the fig leaf. “Maybe it would cost the NHL a bit of money to go to the Olympics, but it’s the best sporting event in the world and I think the NHLers should be a part of that.” Meanwhile, Russian players such as Ovechkin have reportedly threatened to go Red October and going to Pyeongchang regardless. Funny how in Russia players defect from country while in America players defect to country.
According to the Hockey News’ senior writer Ken Campbell this is a wake-up call for the NHL superstars to assume a more involved role in the collective bargaining agreement – something which the top players in the league have historically neglected to do. “Those guys are always going to have a place to play and will always be paid handsomely,” Campbell writes. “But this is one that hits them, and only them, where it hurts.” On their behalf, the league pretty much blindsided them on this one, but the lesson theirs to learn to avoid a similar situation four years now. “That cannot be allowed to happen ever, ever again,” added Campbell. “And the only way to ensure that is to make sure the players insist on it when they collectively bargain again with the league, likely in 2020.” And then and only then the online hockey betting will be as it should by the time the Beijing Winter Olympics roll around in 2022.