The National Hockey League and commissioner Gary Bettman may be facing a serious crisis in the coming weeks and it's pretty much entirely their own fault.
As many of you already know a large number of NHL superstars are furious about the fact that they will be barred from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Korea and it sounds like they may have found a way to fight back.
Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman is reporting that some of the NHL's All-Star players are considering skipping the All-Star game although he wouldn't go so far as to call it a boycott.
We’re going to find out in the next few weeks if it’s sabre-rattling or something more serious, but there are rumblings several players don’t want to go to the all-star game because they’re still upset about missing the Olympics.
Friedman actually reach out to an NHL player agent and asked him if there was a possible boycott coming, however the agent quickly pumped the breaks on that.
I used the word “boycott” in one conversation, but one agent said that was taking it too far “at this time.” Feelings on the topic are still very raw, however.
The problem of course is the fact that the NHL could then issues suspensions to all the players who take part in this boycott that is not a boycott.
Don’t forget the NHL can suspend if a player who avoids all-star doesn’t miss a league game.
Can you imagine the backlash if Alex Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby were suspended for taking such a stance.