Unfortunately, it seems inevitable that we’ll hear in the next few minutes, hours, or on the absolute outside, days, that the NHL will skip the Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Gary Bettman and the league have until January 10 to withdraw without financial penalty, but it won’t take that long.
It might even come as I’m typing this.
It almost certainly will be a joint decision reached by the league and the NHLPA.
It’s unavoidable for a bunch of reasons.