Hockey Canada is bringing back Steve Yzerman and the same management team that won gold in Vancouver to run the men's team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
If there will be NHL players to be managed remains to be seen.
The future of NHL players in the Olympics remains up in the air and will have to be negotiated as part of the new collective bargaining agreement. The current deal expires in September.
There hasn't been much in the way of progress on a new deal, though the NHL Players Association appears to have taken a solid step with the formation of its negotiating committee.
Players told QMI Agency the framework of the committee was put together during a recent conference call with NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr.
"You'll probably be hearing something about it soon," said one player.
Putting the committee together is obviously a key step towards getting the negotiations on the new CBA under way. Fehr, who was hired as the NHLPA's executive director in December, 2010, has been making the rounds and getting to know his constituents.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly have said repeatedly the league is ready to begin negotiations at any time.
"(There's) no update. Ball's in their court," Daly told QMI Agency in an email Monday, "but we aren't concerned on timing."
The players' participation in the Olympic Games will be one of the chips on the table. The Olympic experience has been a mixed bag for the NHL. The first go-round in Nagano in 1998 was pretty much a disaster, with Canada and the U.S.A. not making it to the gold medal game.
Vancouver was a perfect script, with North American starting times (a boost for TV ratings) and a marquee final between the Canadians and the Americans that concluded with a golden goal by the game's best player in overtime.
Sochi presents its challenges from the standpoint of the NHL and its owners. Travel is going to be an issue compared to when the Games are in North America. Extra time will likely have to be built into the break to accommodate overseas travel. There are a number of owners who already loathe to shutting down the league for the Games, especially just when the NFL season has concluded and interest is shifting to the NHL.
The time difference is not going to be friendly for television in North America.
Then there is just the general frustration the NHL feels at the Olympics, where it has surrendered control over what happens to the International Ice Hockey Federation and the International Olympic Committee. It's probably safe to say the NHL would like a lot more influence over how the Olympic tournament is conducted and the rights and status accorded NHL personnel.
The players want to go, so the owners will be using this as one of the few give-backs they have in their reserve.
The upcoming negotiations -- whenever they get under way -- are expected to be an overwhelming case of the owners asking for more concessions from the players.
That all said, the betting is the owners will wring whatever they can out of the players' desire to be in Sochi and the NHL will be there.