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Agent claims Bettman wants concessions from players for Olympic participation

Tim Tucker   ·   27 janvier 2020
Outspoken player agent Allan Walsh is alleging NHL commissioner Gary Bettman isn't being truthful in his reasons for not allowing players in the league to participate in Olympic hockey. Bettman has long argued Olympic participation is disruptive to the NHL season. Walsh calls that "Bettman bulls---."

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"With regard to the Olympics, Bettman has privately indicated to those around him he’s ok with players going as long as the NHL Players' Association gives up some big concession for it in collective bargaining. The whole “extraordinarily disruptive” argument is #BettmanBull---t," Walsh recently tweeted.

Walsh's comments stem from chatter on Twitter stating the All-Star Game and bye-week are just as disruptive as the Olympics and not nearly as exciting for fans.

This is, no doubt, a serious allegation to make. Walsh is essentially claiming that Bettman has been lying this entire time and is simply using Olympic participation, something players clearly want, as a bargaining chip in upcoming negotiations with players. The current collective bargaining agreement between players and the league is set to expire after the 2021-22 season with negotiations expected to resume in the upcoming offseason. While players want to be able to attend the Olympics, it's doubtful their union would be willing to give up ground in negotiations in order to make that happen.



Walsh is a well-known power player in the world of sports and represents some high profile NHL clients. Some of these include Marc-Andre Fleury, Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Huberdeau, David Perron, among others.

FEBRUARY 16, 2020
TOP 20 G A PTS
SEBASTIAN AHO
2 1 3
PATRIC HORNQVIST
2 1 3
LEON DRAISAITL
1 2 3
BRADY TKACHUK
1 2 3
JOSH ARCHIBALD
2 - 2
ADAM HENRIQUE
2 - 2
JOEY ANDERSON
1 1 2
MASON APPLETON
1 1 2
NATHAN BEAULIEU
1 1 2
SIDNEY CROSBY
1 1 2
DEREK GRANT
1 1 2
PATRICK KANE
1 1 2
JOHAN LARSSON
1 1 2
JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU
1 1 2
KYLE PALMIERI
1 1 2
MIRO HEISKANEN
- 2 2
DMITRY KULIKOV
- 2 2
COLIN MILLER
- 2 2
RASMUS RISTOLAINEN
- 2 2
KEVIN ROONEY
- 2 2
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL
59 95
DAVID PASTRNAK
60 82
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 81
NATHAN MACKINNON
57 80
ARTEMI PANARIN
57 78
BRAD MARCHAND
60 75
JACK EICHEL
58 74
PATRICK KANE
59 74
NIKITA KUCHEROV
57 72
AUSTON MATTHEWS
60 71
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
AUSTON MATTHEWS
60 42
DAVID PASTRNAK
60 42
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
57 40
LEON DRAISAITL
59 34
JACK EICHEL
58 33
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL
59 61
JOHN CARLSON
58 54
BRAD MARCHAND
60 52
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 51
ARTEMI PANARIN
57 49
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
58 69
ROMAN JOSI
58 57
VICTOR HEDMAN
57 49
ALEX PIETRANGELO
59 47
QUINN HUGHES
58 45
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
QUINN HUGHES
58 45
CALE MAKAR
49 42
VICTOR OLOFSSON
44 38
NICK SUZUKI
61 38
DOMINIK KUBALIK
57 36
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
44 32
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
49 25
JORDAN BINNINGTON
42 24
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
44 24
CAREY PRICE
50 24
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
28 5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
42 4
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
49 4
JAMES REIMER
24 3
JAROSLAV HALAK
27 3
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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