No surprise here, National Hockey League players are angry about missing 2018 Olympics

The NHL decision will impact nearly every major hockey-playing nation since the Swedish, Finnish, Russian, U.S. and Canadian teams are nearly entirely comprised of NHL representatives. "My tweet says it all".

"I just remember all the excitement".

The NHL reached a decision on Monday (NZT Tuesday) not to release its players for the Games, saying talks to find a solution to the problem of halting its league mid-season to accommodate the Olympics in the past had not been successful.

The Sharks had a day off from practice and media availability, but it didn't stop Vlasic from taking a jab at the decision on Twitter. There's a lot of time for something to happen, so we'll see.

But it's more likely that, just as in the days before the National Hockey League started going to the Olympics in 1998, Canadians will be seeing players they haven't heard of, like Bud Holloway, Chay Genoway, Jonathan Sigalet and Blake Parlett. "At a human level this is a big worldwide event that the world takes part in, and we want to shine our light too".

Best on best is certainly preferable but it's the stage that makes the games so exciting and not just the players. (In 2014) Canadians, Swedes, even Americans watched the finals even if it was overseas.

Most men's hockey games will start at noon, 4:30 p.m. or 9 p.m. local time.

"I didn't change my mind and I won't", Ovechkin said prior to Tuesday's Capitals-Maple Leafs game in Toronto.

Some top players publicly condemned the National Hockey League, including Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, who said he would take part in the event for Russian Federation no matter what his club says. The playoff schedule has not yet been determined, but 16 teams will compete in post-season play.

"We want to be there", Canadiens' captain and former Team USA player Max Pacioretty said on Monday.

According to ESPN, the NHL had been hoping to strike a deal with the International Olympic Committee, which offered to pay for travel and insurance for NHL players, or the NHL Players Association to make some concessions in the collective bargaining agreement, but nothing materialized. "But next year's schedule is not out there yet".

Mark Giordano has been on Canada's scouting list for the past couple of global showdowns, although the Flames captain ultimately didn't crack the roster for the Sochi Olympics or the World Cup. Guys get injured in the World Cup, but that's OK. FILE - In this February 21, 2017, file photo, Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg, of Sweden, celebrates after scoring a goal against the Calgary Flames during the second period of an NHL hockey game, in Nashville, .

"Disappointing news, @NHL won't be part of the Olympics 2018".

"The IOC policy can not be there to give more money, finances, to a commercially orientated owner of a club in a national league", Bach added, admitting that he had anticipated the NHL's decision. But his window of opportunity might be closed by 2022 in Beijing.

"I was really surprised", said winger Zach Parise, who won a silver medal in 2010 and was captain of the 2014 US team. "I think it's not really fair for the fans, but I'll let the league decide". "You don't realize certain things behind the scenes", Pavelski said. "I thought for sure that we'd be going. Obviously, right now, it's definitely a step in the wrong direction, but hopefully, something will change and we can still go".

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