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LOS AN­GE­LES The clock is tick­ing on the NHL’s po­ten­tial par­tic­i­pa­tion at the 2018 Win­ter Olympics. And it’s not look­ing good for play­ers’ as­pi­ra­tions to at­tend the Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. “If the sta­tus quo re­mains, I don’t ex­pect us to be in the Olympics,” NHL deputy com­mis­sioner Bill Daly said Satur­day.

Judg­ing by the fact com­mis­sioner Gary Bettman said the sub­ject of the Olympics came up “for about 10 sec­onds” dur­ing the board of gov­er­nors meet­ings on Satur­day, the out­look ap­pears bleak. “The big­gest hur­dle is I think there’s con­cern among the teams about the on­go­ing dis­rup­tion to the sea­son, about a com­pressed sched­ule and a whole host of other things,” Bettman said.

Asked if a “game changer” is needed, Daly replied: “All I can tell you is if we’re go­ing to hear the same thing I don’t think it’s go­ing to move the ball.”

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