NHL could reconsider sending players to Sochi if something ‘significant' happens


PITTSBURGH - The National Hockey League could reconsider sending its players to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi next month if something “significant” happens before Feb. 9, according to NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.

Daly, in an email to The Associated Press, said the league will re-assess if it appears to be dangerous to send NHL players to Sochi.

According to the email, Daly doesn’t think it will be necessary to keep the players out of the Olympics, but they’re preparing for any and all circumstances.

"I think everyone’s number one thing is safety, for you and your family, and the people traveling overseas there,” Penguins forward Chris Kunitz said. “You know, I haven't heard anything. We haven't been contacted by the NHLPA, but obviously warnings and things that are happening, you believe and trust things are going to be safe when you get over there. If something changed, then that's news to me."

Seven Penguins players and head coach Dan Bylsma are part of the NHL Olympic contingent.

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