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Teams must wonder if Olympics are worth it

Updated: January 24, 2006, 9:39 AM ET
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Bryan McCabe is the reason many NHL owners and GMs quietly wish the Olympics would go away. And Alexander Frolov. And Joni Pitkanen. And Robert Esche. And a host of elite players recovering from serious injuries on playoff-hopeful, even Stanley Cup-hopeful, teams who nonetheless want desperately to play in the Olympics next month in Torino.

Since NHL players were given leave to take part in the Olympic tournament in 1998, it has been the classic ...

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