November 12, 2009
Burke against 2014 Olympics
By MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA
This isn't the first time Canada and the U.S. have not agreed on something.
A day after Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman pushed for NHLers to participate in the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia, Team USA boss Brian Burke said such a commitment does not make a lot of sense to the league.
At least in terms of dollars and sense.
"It's a disaster for our business when the Olympics are not in North America," Burke said. "We don't get any benefit out of it. We close our doors at a critical point in the season. We got no benefit from Nagano, no benefit from Torino.
"We will get a sizeable benefit out of Vancouver. We did out of Salt Lake."
Burke said the eventual decision will be made through negotiations.
"It's a subject of collective bargaining," he said. "The players have made it obvious they want to go. At least certain players have."
NHL officials have made it clear there is no rush to make any kind of commitment beyond 2010 in Vancouver.
"There's no rush, none at all," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. "Let's just enjoy Vancouver."