NHL stars who participated in the Sochi Olympics will soon be returning to North America and rejoining their respective clubs. For these players, the Olympics provided a wonderful opportunity to perform at the highest level of competition.
There is a risk that some of them could struggle to readjust to the NHL grind. Most will return to NHL teams certain to clinch playoff spots or jockeying for a wild-card berth. That should help these players maintain their competitive edge.
Those returning to NHL teams that have fallen out of playoff contention face a different challenge. Having performed with and against the world's best, they must adjust to playing alongside lesser talent on mediocre clubs. Here's a look at 10 players going from Olympic glory to playing out the rest of the season on bad NHL teams.