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  • Updated: February 22, 2014 - 5:39 PM

NHL unhappy with Sochi injuries

One reason these Winter Olympics might be the last for NHLers is because of the risk of injury in the middle of the NHL season.

In the Olympics, Florida lost Aleksander Barkov to a knee injury and Tomas Kopecky to a concussion, Pittsburgh lost Paul Martin and the Rangers lost Mats Zuccarello because of hand injuries. The big one was when Islanders superstar John Tavares went down with a season-ending knee injury.

“Are the IIHF or IOC going to reimburse our season-ticket holders now? It’s a joke,” Islanders GM Garth Snow told Newsday. “They want all the benefits from NHL players playing in the Olympics and don’t want to pay when our best player gets hurt.

“This is probably the biggest reason why NHL players shouldn’t be in the Olympics, it should just be amateurs. And it could have happened to anyone; it just happened to be us that lost our best player. A lot of people pay to see John play. It wouldn’t matter if we were 10 points clear of a playoff spot or 10 points out. We lost our best player and he wasn’t even [injured while] playing for us.”

Poile’s eye injury serious

David Poile might never be the same after being struck by a puck during the Nashville Predators’ morning skate at Xcel Energy Center on Feb. 6.

The general manager currently has no sight out of his right eye after cracking his orbital bone above and below the eye. The 64-year-old also broke his nose in three places.

“I’m not trying to be a hero or anything else,” Poile said. “This is not a good situation. It is difficult, but I have to, and want to, move on. There’s different adjustments that [I’m] going to have to make, but there’s lots of people that have lost an eye and they’re operating very well, and I have to be one of them.”

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