the khl already said before this that they wouldnt release foreign players to play which is pretty cheap but not odd considering how much putin wants olympic hockey gold. holding sochi was a power move for putin as he fully expected to win the olympic hockey gold in russia and he was willing to pay billions for it. the look on his face when the russians were eliminated was pure gold.I'd say that's too bad for the Men's Hockey event, but without NHL players participating, the excitement around that event will be minimal already.
Putin has already said he will not let Russian players play under the olympic flag.
I thought I read Putin would allow Russian athletes to compete under Olympic flag?
Russia Won’t Keep Athletes Home, Putin Says After Olympics Ban