It is no different than any other year – the Olympics are somewhere in the world and someone is not happy about. So there are threats about terrorism -its not like that is a new word in the modern age – especially surrounding the Olympics.
The Russians cannot be faulted for any incidents that occur during these games – no host nation can be really, because everyone has enemies. The NHL on the other hand, could be going down a very slippery slope at upsetting the international hockey world.
Reports are coming out now, just twelve days before the opening ceremonies that the NHL is constantly reviewing the situation in Sochi – and a serious security breach could have them deciding to keep their players from making the trek around the world to play for their respective home countries.
If the NHL pulls the plug on the Sochi Olympics, which are already likely to be the last time the players from the NHL compete under such short notice, it will give countries like Russia, Canada, Sweden, Finland, and the USA – all the top favorites in the tournament a distinct disadvantage heading into the round robin play as their countries international hockey body will have to come up with coaching staffs and rosters in a very short window. Sure there might not be as glaring an upset like Latvia winning the gold medal – as the hockey depth in those countries is strong, but what a statement the NHL would be making. Such a move would be a statement that the NHL is bigger than the international hockey community.
Should the NHL be considering not sending its players to Sochi?