NHL May Abandon Olympics – NHL Roundup
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The end may be in sight for NHL players competing in the Olympics. It all began in 1998 when, for the first time, players from the world's top professional league took part in the Winter Olympics. For several years, the NHL has been thinking seriously about abandoning the Olympics because several owners are upset at seeing their multimillion-dollar investments playing for free, and sometimes getting injured, while their arenas sit empty for three weeks in February.
The league and players' union are working to stage a hockey World Cup in 2015, possibly lessening the impact. From all indications, however, most players believe nothing can replace the Olympics.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A person familiar with discussions tells The Associated Press that Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray continues to pursue offers for Ryan Miller with the intention of trading the goaltender by next week.
The person said the team's first option is dealing Miller, also the Sabres could make a bid to re-sign him if a trade can't be completed. Miller is in the final year of his contract and eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Former Colorado Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk (mee'-LAWN HAY'-dook) is retiring from the NHL. The 38 year old played 14 seasons in the NHL, all with the Avalanche. The three-time Olympian and native of the Czech Republic scored 375 goals in 1,020 games and won a Stanley Cup in 2001.
Hejduk didn't play this season after missing playing time during the 2012-13 season with shoulder and torso injuries.