In just a few weeks, the NHL will take a hiatus and a back seat to the Winter Olympics.
With a majority of the NHL’s star players playing for their home countries in the Winter Olympics, it brings up the debate whether this almost month-long break is good for the NHL.
Mike Felger and Mike Milbury discussed on Cross Check what advantages and disadvantages the Winter Olympic break has on the NHL.
“It’s not that I don’t want it, but it is a disruption to the league, the best players in the world are there,” Milbury said. “It causes all sorts of havoc for people economically, the teams that is.
“I get it. It’s a big stage, the whole world is watching. And it sells hockey so for that reason I can agree with it. From the NHL perspective I fully understand why they don’t like it.”
Four years ago, the United States and Canada battled it out in an epic gold medal game, which has driven up the popularity of the Winter Olympics.
“Two weeks of regular season hockey in February or this Olympic tournament? It’s not even close what I would rather watch,” Felger said. “I’d rather watch this Olympic stuff. And I think it keeps getting better because I think the players care more and more every single turn that we get through this.”