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(ESPN)   Islanders GM didn't want his players risking injury playing in the Olympics. Then again, Canada doesn't want their players risking injury playing for the Islanders   (espn.go.com) divider line 31
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2014-02-23 10:57:25 AM  
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What? You asshole! I'll kick your as..... OW MY JAW!
 
2014-02-23 12:02:07 PM  
You gotta feel for the Islanders. I can't remember any other player who has gone to the Olympics and had the rest of his season wiped out with an injury.
 
2014-02-23 12:38:26 PM  
I do wonder if this wasn't the basis for the unbelievably weak performance of the US team for the Bronze.  It looked to me like they all just basically said, "Bronze?  Fark that, I''m not doing Jack All.  They can have it.  Time to go back to making money."
 
2014-02-23 01:05:55 PM  
An idiot who signs Dipietro to a 15 year contract shouldn't be taken seriously.
 
2014-02-23 01:11:27 PM  

Mr.Tangent: An idiot who signs Dipietro to a 15 year contract shouldn't be taken seriously.


Any team that is still paying Alexei Yashin can't be taken seriously.
 
2014-02-23 01:16:40 PM  

Lith: Any team that is still paying Alexei Yashin can't be taken seriously.


Brain damage has been a requirement for managing the Islanders for a long, long time.
 
2014-02-23 01:24:45 PM  
Given the way they act towards letting players go for the World Championships, you would think they could relax a bit once every 4 years (when the league is on hold).
 
2014-02-23 01:25:13 PM  

Rev.K: You gotta feel for the Islanders. I can't remember any other player who has gone to the Olympics and had the rest of his season wiped out with an injury.


Hasek, 2006.

That should have been Ottawa's year. If Hasek had come home healthy, I think it would have.
 
2014-02-23 01:29:20 PM  
So it's ok for unpaid amateurs to get hurt at the Olympics and have their careers farked, but not ok for the financially secure NHL players?
 
2014-02-23 01:29:39 PM  
I wonder if Garth Snow thinks to himself before every big decision: "Hmmm... what would Milk Milbury do?"
 
2014-02-23 01:33:37 PM  

Rev.K: You gotta feel for the Islanders. I can't remember any other player who has gone to the Olympics and had the rest of his season wiped out with an injury.


Henrik Zetterberg of the Red Wings, Sochi 2014.
 
2014-02-23 01:34:02 PM  

PowerSlacker: So it's ok for unpaid amateurs to get hurt at the Olympics and have their careers farked, but not ok for the financially secure NHL players?


From the perspective of the GM, owners, and league? Of course.
 
2014-02-23 01:42:54 PM  

qorkfiend: PowerSlacker: So it's ok for unpaid amateurs to get hurt at the Olympics and have their careers farked, but not ok for the financially secure NHL players?

From the perspective of the GM, owners, and league? Of course.


Fark Bergman.
 
2014-02-23 01:44:27 PM  

PowerSlacker: So it's ok for unpaid amateurs to get hurt at the Olympics and have their careers farked, but not ok for the financially secure NHL players?


Bwahahaha!! Unpaid amateurs! Bwahahaha!!!

Wait, you think there are unpaid amateurs in the Olympics? Let me laugh harder. Whether from an employer or sponsor, they all get paid.
 
2014-02-23 01:51:05 PM  

Badmoodman: PowerSlacker: So it's ok for unpaid amateurs to get hurt at the Olympics and have their careers farked, but not ok for the financially secure NHL players?

Bwahahaha!! Unpaid amateurs! Bwahahaha!!!

Wait, you think there are unpaid amateurs in the Olympics? Let me laugh harder. Whether from an employer or sponsor, they all get paid.


Ummmm....no. You're wrong.
 
2014-02-23 02:01:35 PM  

Agatha Crispy: Badmoodman: PowerSlacker: So it's ok for unpaid amateurs to get hurt at the Olympics and have their careers farked, but not ok for the financially secure NHL players?

Bwahahaha!! Unpaid amateurs! Bwahahaha!!!

Wait, you think there are unpaid amateurs in the Olympics? Let me laugh harder. Whether from an employer or sponsor, they all get paid.

Ummmm....no. You're wrong.


No, I'm not.

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/olympic-athletes.html

"The IOC eliminated the necessity of amateurism in 1971, allowing athletes to receive compensation for time away from work during training and competition. In addition, athletes were permitted to receive sponsorship from national organizations, sports organizations, and private businesses for the first time."


 
2014-02-23 02:08:52 PM  

Badmoodman: Agatha Crispy: Badmoodman: PowerSlacker: So it's ok for unpaid amateurs to get hurt at the Olympics and have their careers farked, but not ok for the financially secure NHL players?

Bwahahaha!! Unpaid amateurs! Bwahahaha!!!

Wait, you think there are unpaid amateurs in the Olympics? Let me laugh harder. Whether from an employer or sponsor, they all get paid.

Ummmm....no. You're wrong.

No, I'm not.

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/olympic-athletes.html

"The IOC eliminated the necessity of amateurism in 1971, allowing athletes to receive compensation for time away from work during training and competition. In addition, athletes were permitted to receive sponsorship from national organizations, sports organizations, and private businesses for the first time."


Yes, you are. I competed in two Olympics and the majority of athletes get travel expenses, medical treatment, room and board. Just because it's "permitted" doesn't mean it happens.
 
2014-02-23 02:30:57 PM  

Lith: Mr.Tangent: An idiot who signs Dipietro to a 15 year contract shouldn't be taken seriously.

Any team that is still paying Alexei Yashin can't be taken seriously.


Yes to both points.
 
2014-02-23 02:40:33 PM  

Ishkur: I wonder if Garth Snow thinks to himself before every big decision: "Hmmm... what would Milk Milbury do?"


When I have a bad day, I just to think to myself "hey, at least I didn't swap a franchise goalie and a serviceable scoring line center for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha".
 
2014-02-23 02:46:47 PM  

PowerSlacker: So it's ok for unpaid amateurs to get hurt at the Olympics and have their careers farked, but not ok for the financially secure NHL players?


The "amateurs" Not with NHL contracts are from elite leagues or other pro outfits that have contracts competitive with the NHL.
 
2014-02-23 03:12:47 PM  

Badmoodman: Rev.K: You gotta feel for the Islanders. I can't remember any other player who has gone to the Olympics and had the rest of his season wiped out with an injury.

Henrik Zetterberg of the Red Wings, Sochi 2014.


Nope.  Zetterberg's had back issues for a while now.  The Olympics were not what caused him to need surgery - at most he reaggravated an old injury.
 
2014-02-23 04:10:37 PM  
All I know is that Varlamov is coming back from Russia with a psyche as fragile as Sami Salo's bone structure. Hopefully it makes him hungry, and not bereft.

/Landeskog and Stastny probably aren't feeling aces, either
//Duchene passed out at 7 PM
 
2014-02-23 04:58:00 PM  

swahnhennessy: All I know is that Varlamov is coming back from Russia with a psyche as fragile as Sami Salo's bone structure. Hopefully it makes him hungry, and not bereft.

/Landeskog and Stastny probably aren't feeling aces, either
//Duchene passed out at 7 PM


Losing Tanguay for the season sucks too. We'd better hope Roy can take all that pain and turn it into fire, or it's back to missing the playoffs...
 
2014-02-23 05:11:04 PM  

fastbow: Losing Tanguay for the season sucks too. We'd better hope Roy can take all that pain and turn it into fire, or it's back to missing the playoffs...


The Avs would have to play about as bad as any team ever down the stretch to miss the playoffs. It's not impossible, of course, but highly unlikely.
 
2014-02-23 05:52:10 PM  

swahnhennessy: fastbow: Losing Tanguay for the season sucks too. We'd better hope Roy can take all that pain and turn it into fire, or it's back to missing the playoffs...

The Avs would have to play about as bad as any team ever down the stretch to miss the playoffs. It's not impossible, of course, but highly unlikely.


In recent history, haven't the Avs done just that a few times?
 
2014-02-23 07:07:11 PM  

Dafatone: In recent history, haven't the Avs done just that a few times?


They've had some bad second halves that guaranteed they'd be golfing in April, but those years they weren't a virtual lock for the postseason. They're all but in statistically. I wouldn't be talking in these sorts of certainties if the odds weren't massively in their favor. Again, nothing is over until the fat lady sings, etc., but the wheels would have to completely come off while teams like Dallas or Winnipeg greatly improve. Just as I don't expect the Panthers to make the playoffs, I don't expect Colorado to miss them.
 
2014-02-23 07:10:34 PM  
The only reason why the NHL doesn't want to be in future Olympics is because they want to have this World Cup of Hockey run by themselves and they want to keep the profits.  If a player gets hurt then, will the owners and GM's complain, then?  I don't think so, because they already made money.
 
2014-02-23 08:40:53 PM  
I'm just glad all 10 of 'my' Blackhawks came back healthy -- well, except maybe for Patrick Kane's psyche.
 
2014-02-24 04:34:09 AM  

Ishkur: I wonder if Garth Snow thinks to himself before every big decision: "Hmmm... what would Milk Milbury do?"


So long as the next thing he thinks is "okay, so I won't do that" I reckon you've hit on a pretty solid strategy.
 
2014-02-24 10:34:33 AM  
Is this the same Isles GM who biatched when Okposo didn't make team USA?
 
2014-02-24 10:46:28 PM  

JohnnyCanuck: Is this the same Isles GM who biatched when Okposo didn't make team USA?


Yup. Same GM also also biatches at the University of Minnesota for not developing Okposo well enough for the pro game and yanks him from the team mid-season.  And at the time there were something like 18 former gophers in the NHL who collectively were better then the Islanders, by a lot.
 
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