Really!!! A Crosby game used jersey sells for around $7k and a signed replica jersey is going for $5k with over a day left. A replica bib signed by the men's moguls gold medalist went for around $9k. It wasn't even the number he wore during competition. Signed pucks going in the $1500 range. Some buyer's remorse on the way.
Dan..I hope you're right because I love to see North America do well.
However, in the last 50 years Canada and the United States have each won
2 hockey gold medals each at the winter Olympic games. They're not that easy to come by. Plus, Bettman hasn't decided if Olympic players will even play
in Russia in 2014. The Russians have said they will, but we still do not
have a decision from the rest of the league.
Bettman is using this as a bargaining tool against the NHLPA. In the end they will play! All the players want it...the ones going and the ones getting a rest. Bettman knows this and hopefully they will come to an agreement. Bettman probably also wants it as it is great for the game, but he will not tip his hat at this point.
the Russian players are going to be in Sochi regardless of bettman and their NHL contracts....and the pressure on them will be immense...
we have a contractor in our office that is from kazakstan (sp)...and he sez Sochi is in the middle of a very interesting mix of cultures....sometimes at war with each other.....the major industry there is smuggling and providing body guards.