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NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr thinks NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is creating some revisionist history when it comes to the decision not to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics. At the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Bettman said, "I know that there's some perception out there that there was this grand negotiation with either the [NHLPA] or the IOC or the IIHF. It wasn't about that. It was about the fact that we think it's too disruptive to our season." Said Fehr, the next day at Sloan: "That's not consistent with my experiences. The League was asking the IOC for a lot of things. If the IOC had met what they were talking about, I think the answer is that they would have gone. And they wanted an extension of the CBA from the players. Are there some owners that don't want to shut the season down? I'm sure there are. But then there wouldn't have been any reason for further discussions."

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN

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