NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and IIHF president Rene Fasel have gone head-to-head in the past concerning the league's involvement in the Olympics.
As discussions of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia continue, Fasel is remaining calm and quiet about the NHL's presence in the games, and is leaving the decision solely to be made by the league itself.
"I've always said our door is wide open," Fasel said Sunday. "That's in their hands. Our door is wide, wide open, that's their decision to make, if they want to come or not."
The NHL's main concerns include missing two or three weeks in the middle of the season, as well as incovenient time zone differences. Sochi is eight hours ahead of eastern standard time, which could take a toll on players' bodies.
Negotiations between the players and Olympic games will be discussed during this summer's CBA meetings. Players say they want to go and represent their respective countries, but owners will have to feel the same.
Olympic hockey is always more exciting and profitable when big names are playing, but the league will have to consider the hit individual NHL teams would take and whether they would benefit from their players heading overseas.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The White Sox have offloaded more pieces in the past eight months than that furniture store that always seems to be going out of business.
Everything. Must. Go.
Even so, the team hasn’t found any takers for veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera, who finished with four hits in Saturday night’s 7-2 White Sox loss to the Kansas City Royals. Cabrera finished a triple shy of the cycle and drove in two runs. That Cabrera still resides on the South Side is a surprise to White Sox manager Rick Renteria.
“Honestly yeah, to be honest,” Renteria said. “To me he’s a premier Major League baseball player who has been playing outstanding defense. And he has been for us one of the two or three guys who has been timing his hitting in terms of driving in runs when we need them, putting together really good at-bats when we need them. Just playing the game. Yeah, kind of surprised.”
Despite making their intentions known that everyone short of Tim Anderson and Carlos Rodon are available, Cabrera’s name has barely registered a blip on the radar when it comes to trade rumors.
Several factors have probably prevented Cabrera from being dealt, the biggest being his salary. Cabrera is still owed roughly $6.3 million of his $15 million salary, which makes him an expensive option.
Defensive metrics also don’t have much love for Cabrera despite his eight outfield assists. Cabrera’s lack of range has produced minus-6 Defensive Runs Saved and a minus-4.7 Ultimate Zone Rating.
Those figures likely would like have teams lean toward making Cabrera a designated hitter. While he’s been one of the team’s most consistent and prominent offensive performers, Cabrera’s .786 ranks only about 38th in the American League.
As FanRag’s Jon Heyman noted earlier Saturday, to trade Cabrera the White Sox would likely have to eat most of the outfielder’s remaining salary.