After skipping the games in PyeongChang in 2018, the NHL has not participated in the Winter Olympics in nearly 8 years. The NHL and NHLPA had agreed to send players to compete for their countries until the Omicron variant struck with force forcing the cancellation of over 50 games.
On Sunday, the NHL announced that the CBA was modified to allow for taxi squads to ensure that teams would be able to play and finish the season. This new CBA provision is built on top of the one agreed to last year which called for the NHL players to pay back escrow over time to the team owners, who lost money on last season while games were played without fans in attendance.
With the news last week that the NHL was pulling out of the Olypmics and this new taxi squad info, Brad Marchand is pissed. He took to Twitter to express how he feels about it; basically, why couldn’t players decide for themselves to go to the games while the taxi squads get to play in the regular season. Players heading to the Olympic would forfeit their pay for the chance to win gold for their country. Brad is mad that he and other players didn’t get the chance to make a choice. And he should be; this was likely his only chance to make the Team Canada roster and his only chance to play alongside and win gold with his BFF, Patrice.
— Brad Marchand (@Bmarch63) December 28, 2021
Now the NHL will reschedule games when they can, including through the now former Olympic break.