So with the NHL not going to the 2018 Olympics, here’s what we, as fans, have to look forward to:
1. Top draft picks might look into the NCAA through the 2017-18 season, at least through the Games.
2. Players currently in the KHL, who may have been contemplating a jump to the NHL, might now put those plans on hold.
3. Fringe players on expiring NHL contracts could make the move over to another league, like the Swiss League.
4. The 2020 lockout might as well be written into the rule book, because I can’t see it not happening.
But, you know, some of the owners are happy. So we really shouldn’t complain.