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Bruins’ Brad Marchand speaks out on taxi squads, Olympic resolution

Brad Marchand isn’t shy to talk his thoughts and he is finished simply that once more.

The Boston Bruins star ahead posted an announcement on social media Tuesday expressing his disappointment within the NHL’s latest resolution on taxi squads and withdrawing from collaborating in February’s Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Marchand’s tweet was in response to the league’s reintroduction of taxi squads, which is meant to assist groups cope with COVID-19 absences and frequent, sudden roster updates through the pandemic.

Marchand has represented Canada at numerous worldwide tournaments all through his profession, profitable world junior, world championship and World Cup gold however he has by no means participated within the Olympics.

The 33-year-old would’ve been on the 2018 Crew Canada in Sochi had NHLers participated and sure would’ve earned a spot on Crew Canada’s 2022 roster in what might be his closing probability at representing his nation on the Olympics.

Marchand echoed in his tweet what he had been saying in media interviews within the previous days, suggesting that on the finish of the day selections like these come right down to cash and revenue.

“The Nationwide Hockey League respects and admires the need of NHL gamers to signify their international locations and take part in a ‘finest on finest’ match,” an announcement from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman learn final week. “Accordingly, we’ve got waited so long as doable to make this resolution whereas exploring each out there choice to allow our gamers to take part within the 2022 Winter Olympic Video games. Sadly, given the profound disruption to the NHL’s regular-season schedule brought on by latest COVID-related occasions — 50 video games have already got been postponed via Dec. 23 — Olympic participation is not possible.”

NHLPA govt director Don Fehr stated the next in an announcement final week after the choice was introduced: “Because the CBA extension was reached 17 months in the past, NHL gamers have appeared ahead with nice anticipation to as soon as once more collaborating within the Winter Olympics. Till very just lately, we appeared to be on a transparent path to go to Beijing. COVID-19 has sadly intervened, forcing dozens of video games to be postponed this month alone. Irrespective of how a lot we want it weren’t the case, we have to make the most of the Olympic interval to reschedule these video games.”

In line with the Related Press, the expanded taxi squad guidelines will stay in impact at the very least till early February.

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