NHL might reevaluate sending players to Sochi

LARRY LAGE (AP Hockey Writer)
The Associated PressJanuary 27, 2014
NHL might reevaluate sending players to Sochi
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks at a new conference before an NHL hockey game between the New York Rangers and the Phoenix Coyotes, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The NHL will reevaluate sending its players to the Sochi Olympics next month if something ''significant'' happens before Feb. 9.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says in an email to The Associated Press that he doesn't expect it will be become necessary to keep NHL players home because of the steps taken by the Sochi Organizing Committee, the Russian government and the International Olympic Committee. But he says the league will re-assess if it appears to be ''an unreasonably dangerous situation'' in Russia.

Russian security has been looking for three potential female suicide bombers, one of whom is believed to be in Sochi. The country has assembled what is believed to be the biggest security operation ever for an Olympics with more than 50,000 police and soldiers.