Bettman still shy about Olympics talk

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman apologized for the lockout Thursday, after the seemingly pointless 113-day lockout cost the league more than 600 games and at least a billion dollars in revenue.

But Bettman is still yet to discuss realignment, or, more important for the purposes of this blog, whether players will compete in the Olympics.

“We’ll get to that,” Bettman said of the topics. “Both issues are important to both players and the league and the clubs. We know we can get to that. I believe as we’ve said all along, neither are bargaining chips. They’re really working together and problem-solving.”

Give the man credit for solving the lockout without losing the entire season, and for wanting to wrap up one thing before moving on to another. But the Olympics are an imperative that need to be discussed while there’s time, lest we get too deep into the NHL season to get people to the table.