I honestly couldn't blame the NHL for sticking to their guns on this. I would make the Olympic committee pay for all travel and insurance. That is pretty huge.
Worst time for the IOC to pull this. There will be 3 Winter Olympics in a row on the other side of the world with bad Live viewing for the North American audience. Sochi in 2014, Pyeongchang for 2018, and Beijing for 2022.
No hope for a premium time zone (to maximize growth in the U.S.) until 2026, and there's still no guarantees.
Expecting them to shut down their League for a month, and now pay for the travel and insurance? With the least amount of exposure?
Not going to fly, at least it wouldn't with me.
Which side is going to blink first?