Rumblings: Ryder Cup-format tourney could come midseason 2017-18

Participation by the NHL in the next Winter Olympics is far from a done deal. Julian Finney/Getty Images

Colleague Scott Burnside last season told you about the NHL and NHLPA’s ongoing talks regarding a Ryder Cup-style event in which North American players would take on European players.

While this concept remains very much in flux, the update is that more and more people involved in the discussions fancy a midseason Ryder Cup event, likely in Europe, during the 2017-18 season. The midseason part is what’s new. I’m guessing, no, make that hoping, that if that’s the case, there’s no All-Star Game that season.