A very interesting column on the Southam chain today, written by the Edmonton Journal's Dan Barnes, raises a good question. I don't want to breach their copyright by putting the whole thing in, but take a look: "Heck, these Canadians are fast, big, skilled, mature and poised enough to win games, if not medals, at the World Hockey Championships four months from now. Dare we say they're probably even ready to play in the Olympics. Come to think of it, they should play for Canada at the Olympics in Turin, Italy, in 2006. The International Olympic Committee could seize a rare opportunity to make a meaningful and logical statement. They should huddle with the International Ice Hockey Federation, agree to scrap the world junior championship just this once and make Turin an under-21 tournament. End what precious little suspense remains and make it clear that NHL players will not be invited or welcome to play in the Olympics this time; lockout or no lockout."[FONT] He then goes on speaking about the so-called pros this time: "Because they don't belong in the five-ring circus this time around. Not because they are professionals. Those are a dime a dozen at any Games these days. It's just that greedy, locked-out millionaires who are conspiring with their greedy, stubborn, foolhardy ownership to deny fans a chance to watch NHL hockey should not be representing their country. Nor should they be celebrated." Given that the NHL has already apparently said that if the start of next year is delayed in any way by the lockout continuing, plans for pro players to join the Olympics may not be allowed by the owners, what do you think? The only knock would appear to be that we would be seeing a replay of this mis-matched tournament.