NHL Notes: League to reevaluate stance on Sochi

NHL Notes: League to reevaluate stance on Sochi
January 27, 2014, 10:45 pm
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Commissioner Gary Bettman says the NHL will reevaluate sending players to Sochi for the Olympics if "an unreasonably dangerous situation" presents itself. (USA Today Images)

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.

Sharks: ECHL affiliate folds
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Bulls, an affiliate of the NHL's San Jose Sharks, folded operations Monday after failing to complete a change in ownership that they hoped would sustain the ECHL organization established in October 2012.

The Bulls finished their partial season 15-20-5 with 32 games remaining. They made the playoffs in their inaugural season.

CEO Angela Batinovich announced last week that the ECHL commissioner and Board of Governors granted the team's request during its midseason meeting for additional time to complete negotiations for a new ownership group -- which ultimately didn't happen.

The team said it would provide refunds for tickets via email requests through Feb. 28.

Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said the five players who had NHL or AHL contracts on the Bulls will be reassigned to new teams in the near future. Goalie J.P. Anderson and forward Sebastian Stalberg have NHL contracts, while defensemen Kyle Bigos and Steven Tarasuk and forward Riley Brace have AHL deals.