Whose stock surged in Sochi? 

February, 24, 2014
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Corey PerryAP Photo/Mark HumphreyTeam Latvia goalie (and Lightning prospect) Kristers Gudlevskis made a name for himself in Sochi.
Every NHL owner fears an injury to his star players sent to compete in the Winter Olympics. But there’s a flip side to the John Tavares scenario (a scenario that we discussed this past week).

Some players are returning to the NHL this week with momentum. They’re coming back with more confidence. With the trade deadline looming, some even helped the cause for their general managers who might now be shopping them a little harder before March 5.

“All the GMs are watching the Olympics. We’re watching because it’s fun,” said one Eastern Conference executive. “Now, that GM [watching] has a different flavor from a player beyond just reading the scouting report and watching the film. ... Now the GM will say, I’m comfortable making the deal. I’m comfortable acquiring him.”