List of NHL stars’ stances on trying to play at 2018 Olympics

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The NHL has yet to announce how it will deal with individual players wanting to defy the league and participate in the PyeongChang Olympics, but it expects all of its players to stay with their clubs in February.

While waiting for that news, here’s a list of NHL stars’ thoughts on trying to play in PyeongChang if the NHL follows through with not formally taking part:

USA
Patrick Kane
: Not playing (Chicago media)
T.J. Oshie
: No timetable for decision (ESPN)

Canada
Sidney Crosby: Not thinking that far ahead yet
Braden Holtby: Not playing
Connor McDavid: No comment
Steven Stamkos: Too early to decide (ESPN)
Jonathan Toews: Not playing (Chicago media)

Russia
Nikita Kucherov: No comment (hockey media)
Evgeni Malkin
: Wants to play, with Penguins’ allowance (Soviet Sport)
Alex Ovechkin
: Plans to play
Artemi Panarin: Ready to play if legally worked out (Agent, R-Sport)
Vladimir Tarasenko: Will think about it in the summer (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Sweden
Nicklas Backstrom: I don’t know (hockey media)
Erik Karlsson: No comment

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