Jakub Voracek calls NHL’s plan to avoid 2018 Winter Olympics ‘absolutely ridiculous’

The only news about the 2018 Winter Olympics to come out of the NHL’s general manager meetings this week was the same as ever: They’re not going.

(By the way. Thursday marked Blazer’s Edge Night at Moda Center. That’s where members of Blazer’s Edge buy gobs of tickets for disadvantaged youth. Now that these kids have experienced the Bosnian Beast at peak form, we need to raise money to buy 2,000 Nurkic jerseys.)

I made the case that no one deserves the Rookie of the Year award this year. Of course, Dario Saric went and scored 28 on Thursday. If he ends up around 14 or 15 points per game and his shooting percentages continue to tick up, I will retract my verdict.

Interesting piece from Rob Mahoney on how the ’96 Mavericks were the Warriors before the Warriors (and without the success).

That’s because the two teams immediately lurking behind the Wildcats and Syracuse Orange, currently the second-to-last team in, both take the floor today. The first team out, the Rhode Island Rams, will play the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in the second Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinal this afternoon.

Later, the team sitting immediately behind the Rams, the California Golden Bears, take on Oregon in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals. While those teams might not be able to match Kansas State in terms of top-50 wins, their respective nonconference schedule ranks of 26th and 33rd blow the Wildcats’ slate away.

TCU and the Indiana Hoosiers, who face the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten quarters, also set themselves up to poach a bid, though both will likely need to win their conference tournaments outright to do so.

I’ll have another full update on Saturday morning, but I’ll be bringing you a few more bubble updates as Friday’s slate unfolds.
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