Many complain about the "Olympic effect" on the NHL schedule, but the hangover doesn't come from scheduling. It's more about intangibles and attitudes than anything else.
Summer Olympians, count your blessings: The NHL players are exactly that and not competing for medals. From Marc-Andre Fleury's peerless butterfly to Georges Laraque's pugilistic prowess, many a hockey player would have left Beijing donning gold.
Don't understand why the NHL has those OT playoff marathons? Terry Frei says the alternative could be straight out of "American Idol," with Barry Melrose as a judge.