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I'm torn on NHL-Olympics relationship

Updated: February 22, 2006, 2:08 PM ET
By John Buccigross | Special to ESPN.com

First Period -- Junior sample

Part of me says the NHL's participation at the Olympics has been played out, that shutting down the season for two weeks is an overall negative for the industry. The players cease to be NHL players when the Olympics begin, and the residual benefits are negligible.

The other part of me says that, by Sunday, my views will change. The emotions increase this week as the tournament moves into single elimination. It's a brand of hockey unlike any other in the ...

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