Six Blackhawks chose to play a bit more hockey after being eliminated from the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs by suiting up for their home countries in the IIHF World Championships.
Patrick Kane was not among them.
While Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith put on the red of Canada, Sweden's yellow and blue was worn by three Hawks -- Viktor Stalberg, Marcus Kruger and Niklas Hjalmarsson -- and Michael Frolik earned a bronze medal for the Czech Republic, Kane decided not to play for Team USA.
His decision didn't sit well with analyst Eddie Olczyk, who spoke about the topic on WSCR 670 The Score's McNeil and Spiegel Show Wednesday.
"I dont know if (it's) Patrick Kane being hurt, but this is the prioritizing or lack thereof to me as an alum of Team USA," Olczyk said. "These World Championships were really important for the seedlings going into the Olympics. I was very disappointed that he didnt go and represent our country and try to help us get a better seed come Olympic time, but maybe there (are) some things that I dont know behind the scenes.
Do you agree with Eddie O? Should Kane have played in the World Championships before beginning his summer? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.
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Jimmy Butler finally got his wish earlier this week when the Timberwolves dealt him to the Philadelphia 76ers for Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick. The deal gives the Timberwolves a chance to try to stay competitive in the present with an increased focused on their core consisting of former No. 1 picks Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
Timberwolves faithful were (obviously) hurt at the way Butler forced his way out of town and one fan found an interesting use for his Butler home jersey.
Reddit user jdbuffs1 titled the post "Really cool new doormat to wipe my shoes on."
The post elicited other great responses from users such as "We cant see it [the doormat] with that rag covering it" and "YOU CAN'T WIPE YOUR FEET WITHOUT ME."
T'Wolves fan are right to have a little fun with Butler's departure, which ends one of the more intriguing trade-demand sagas in recent NBA history.
With the makeup of Minnesota's squad post-Butler trade, the team will be in a solid position whether they end up with a 2019 lottery pick or make a surprising playoff run. And while the T'Wolves would likely take Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine over ending their long playoff drought last year, it is tough to fault Tom Thibodeau on the move considering how good they looked for stretches last season.
Only time will tell if the Sixers won the Butler trade with the T'Wolves.
On paper, the Sixers easily won this trade. But if Butler ends up being a one season rental for Philly, the T'Wolves will be able to look back at this deal and be happy with the fact they were able to extract two players who can bring long-term value, while allowing their core players to take on a bigger role.