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Should the NHL stop going to the Olympics?
Some members of the US media suggest that the NHL should stop sending its players to the Olympics because nobody in America cares nor watches the hockey games over there. Would the same members of the media say that if the US had a stronger entry this year? It seems to me shortsighted, as the current version of Team USA is going through a transition stage as it passes the torch to a younger generation of players. If one looks at the upcoming NHL drat two of the top three prospects are American. Patience is all that is need here. How soon they forget their superstar-laden 2002 silver medal team. Another point is why should they stop sending players if every other counrtry is interested in the games? Don't the fans of the other countries matter?

Posted by Peter M. at 2/17/2006 8:22:00 AM
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Time to End NHL-Olympic Experiment
That's the idea of this column, at least. I gotta say, I agree. Have NHLers made Olympic hockey more exciting, intriguing or fun? Not really. Plus, it saps the NHL season of 2-3 weeks during the most dead period in pro sports. Let's go back to how it was.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 2/16/2006 3:26:00 PM
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Dominator
Hasek's history shows he's very uncomfortable playing with anything even slightly wrong with his body. He's a great goaltender and has stayed surprisingly flexible in his upper years, but he's also bit quirky at times, which includes his approach to injuries. This may be a continuing story in Ottawa down the stretch.

Posted by Tim Schuler at 2/16/2006 9:55:00 AM
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Leave it to Barry
I like Sidney Crosby a ton, but only Barry Melrose bias could justify giving Crosby the Calder Trophy over Alexander Ovechkin because of their three basically meaningless games of head-to-head play instead of a 58-game body of work.

Posted by Topper at 2/15/2006 2:03:00 PM
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More Olympics
After watching a vignette on figure skater Johnny Weir last night, I knew I would never be a big fan. But then he cemented it by wearing this. Why don't you just don a swastika while you're at it, John Boy? Now, I'm all for athletes speaking their minds and avoiding Peyton Manning-like regurgitations of mindless platitudes and cliches, but this guy simply tries to be "controversial" for controversy's sake. And he's not even that outspoken anyway.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 2/15/2006 12:30:00 PM
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