What is NHL's Olympic future?

Despite significance, plenty of issues remain with league's presence at Games

Updated: February 11, 2014, 6:32 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

In a matter of days, some $3.2 billion worth of NHL contracts will step onto the ice at the spectacular new arenas in Sochi for the 2014 Olympics.

The commitment of the National Hockey League and its players to this process, the commitment to take part in what looms at the outset as one of the most controversial Olympic Games in history, is staggering to say the least.

Against a backdrop of half-finished hotels and packs of stray dogs and human rights issues and bloated costs and ...

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