As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who are on NHL deals but are assigned to the AHL.

President and CEO David Andrews confirmed as much on Wednesday, with a memo that was circulated to inform teams that for a three-week period, they would be able to allow their players to leave for purposes of appearing in the Pyeongchang Olympics.

The announcement helps to soften the blow for the United States and Canada, but still leaves both nations at a distinct disadvantage heading into the event, as the majority of players that populate the NHL hail from one of the two nations.