NHLers at 2018 Olympics could be discussed soon

Elliotte Friedman discusses Andrew Hammond’s contract talk with the Ottawa Senators, the return of Tyler Seguin and the possibility of an Olympics hockey meeting happening soon.

The NHL, its Players’ Association and International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach could meet in the spring or summer to discuss the possibility of NHL players competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, nothing is set just yet but a potential meeting spot would be at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in the Czech Republic since Bach lives nearby in Germany.

Earlier this year, the NHL officially announced the World Cup of Hockey would return after a 12-year hiatus and that it will take place in Toronto during September and October 2016.

NHLers have competed at the Olympics since the 1998 Nagano Games, but there is no agreement in place for the 2018 Games. Some believe the return of the World Cup diminishes the chances of NHLers going back to the Olympics.

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