5. The NHL belongs in the Olympics: So, is this it? We won't know for another six months, perhaps longer, whether this is the NHL's last kick at the Olympic can. But if it is, the NHL and its players put on a grand show. Canada reasserted itself as the greatest hockey nation in the world with gold medals in both the men's and women's tournament, but in spite of concerns about security and accommodations and the like, the tournament was almost flawless from the facilities to the players' lodging and the volunteers who kept things humming. We think it would be a big mistake to walk away from the Olympic tournament. There are challenges and negatives; nothing truly worthwhile on such a scale is without drawbacks, but watching the Canadians accept their gold medals on the sky-blue carpeting at the Bolshoy Ice Dome reinforced, at least for us, that the NHL belongs here. See you in South Korea in four years.