Last days of the NHL in the Olympics?

Updated: February 18, 2010, 4:41 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The problem with the Olympics as far as the National Hockey League is concerned is that the myth continues to bleed into the reality, distorting the picture, clouding the issue.

Is there magic to be had at the Olympics? Of course.

Who can forget the Czech shootout victory over Canada in 1998 and the image of Wayne Gretzky slumped over on the Canadian bench after the loss?

That is an image that transcends sport.

Or ...

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