Sasky you should start a poll! Or maybe there's too many players I agree with Crawford - has he ever earned it. Eberle is gold in international play and i think i'd add him on that alone. I dunno about Jordan - so many options at that position its going to be tough. CBC had a special that used to be on youtube but now gone that was almost a documentary and went over the whole process of selecting the team - all behind the scenes with Babcock. It was awesome to see things like how Doughty almost didnt make it. It'll be interesting to see who gets on.
So many players are in the mix just because Team Canada is always so stacked. I think the shoo-ins would be Crosby, Toews, Stamkos, Tavares, Bergeron, Nash Getzlaf, E. Staal, Eberle and (regrettably) Giroux in the forward category. At D, the obvious choices are Doughty, Weber, Seabrook, Keith and Letang. Price comes to mind as a possible go-to goalie.
No clue how the line combos could look, Sid hasn't played internationally since the last Olympics whereas many of these guys have played in the World Championship tournament and have had an opportunity to play with one another in different line combinations. But honestly, Sid will gel with whomever he ends up playing with because he's just that good.
The insurance thing is the most ridiculous shit I've heard. They didn't have this problem in 1997, 2001, 2005, or 2009 but they do in 2013? Team USA has already confirmed no one will be skating. How the hell do you match lines up and see how players react to each other? What kind of insurance are we talking about for Sochi if they can't even casually suit up in the first place? (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/story/2013/07/19/sp-olympics-canada-insurance-issues-hockey-camp-sochi-crosby-yzerman.html).
The invitations to the Olympic camp have been announced: CANADA MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ORIENTATION CAMP ROSTER FORWARDS Patrice Bergeron (Boston) Jeff Carter (Los Angeles) Logan Couture (San Jose) Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh) Matt Duchene (Colorado) Jordan Eberle (Edmonton) Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim) Claude Giroux (Philadelphia) Taylor Hall (Edmonton) Chris Kunitz (Pittsburgh) Andrew Ladd (Winnipeg) Milan Lucic (Boston) Brad Marchand (Boston) Rick Nash (NY Rangers) James Neal (Pittsburgh) Corey Perry (Anaheim) Mike Richards (Los Angeles) Patrick Sharp (Chicago) Eric Staal (Carolina) Jordan Staal (Carolina) Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay) Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay) John Tavares (NY Islanders) Joe Thornton (San Jose) Jonathan Toews (Chicago)
DEFENSEMEN Karl Alzner (Washington) Jay Bouwmeester (St. Louis) Dan Boyle (San Jose) Drew Doughty (Los Angeles) Mike Green (Washington) Dan Hamhuis (Vancouver) Travis Hamonic (NY Islanders) Duncan Keith (Chicago) Kris Letang (Pittsburgh) Marc Methot (Ottawa) Dion Phaneuf (Toronto) Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis) Brent Seabrook (Chicago) Marc Staal (NY Rangers) P.K. Subban (Montreal) Marc-Edouard Vlasic (San Jose) Shea Weber (Nashville)
GOALIES Corey Crawford (Chicago) Braden Holtby (Washington) Roberto Luongo (Vancouver) Carey Price (Montreal) Mike Smith (Phoenix)
Since the forwards are such a high-scoring group, do you think they'll pay much attention to some of the defensemen that are known for scoring or shy away from that? I think Green would be a good fit for the squad (as long as he could actually stay healthy) but he's a great offensive-defensemen so I'm not sure if that would hurt him with this group.
Ginger: Poor Sid's going to need another dentist trip, but Pens are in the playoffs! Not that I'm excited or anything.
Mar 22, 2017 11:31:13 GMT -5
lm: I'm not banning new joins but i can tell if they are using ip blockers when they sign up so at least it gives more control.
Mar 22, 2017 9:35:50 GMT -5
cat: Don't ban new members from joining tho
Mar 22, 2017 6:15:00 GMT -5
cat: I'm late to the discussion but I'm in favour of membership, I like knowing who I'm talking to
Mar 22, 2017 6:10:22 GMT -5
sakky: that shot by sid was a beauty, but i wouldn't worry about the tooth, nub. he can just get it replaced again. i hope guentzel isn't too bad off. pens need to get healthy since it's playoffs time
Mar 21, 2017 23:45:16 GMT -5
NuB: Gee whiz... not the teeth again!!! And I really hope jake is okay? The kids on Sid's line make it fun to watch them again.
Mar 21, 2017 21:54:58 GMT -5