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1 Gary Bettman, NHL maintain baffling opposition to Olympics — a global showcase and ratings bonanza

By: Scott Stinson

And now, we find out how serious the NHL owners are about forcing their players to skip the next Olympics. –>



Deconstructing Gary Bettman’s labour negotiation tactics

By: Eric Duhatschek

Those of us who are veteran Gary Bettman watchers were fascinated by the little cat-and-mouse game the NHL commissioner has been playing with the players association these past three weeks. Nominally, it was about Olympic participation – and would the NHL go to Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the 2018 Games – but really it was about labour peace, something Major League Baseball seems to manage routinely, but hockey struggles with. –>


3 McDavid was ‘shocked’ to be removed from the ice and put into concussion protocol

By: Cam Tucker

Connor McDavid went through the NHL’s concussion protocol during Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Wild after a spotter had the Oilers captain removed from the game. –>



Mikko Koivu scores winner, Minnesota Wild beat Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in overtime

By: Jim Matheson

Jonas Gustavsson, getting a rare start in net with the NHL’s hardest-working goalie Cam Talbot getting a night off, did his job for the Edmonton Oilers with half a dozen excellent stops — but he had no chance on Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu’s clever deke in overtime Sunday night. –>


5 NHL ‘comfortable’ with stronger concussion spotter program

By: Josh Cooper

The NHL reportedly has no issues with its enhanced concussion spotter program, which drew criticism after a decision to pull Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid from his Sunday game against the Minnesota Wild. –>

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