Entries with the tag: 2010 winter olympics
From Dan Rosen at NHL.com:
1. How will Canada handle the pressure?
No team will be under more scrutiny. The success of these Olympics in Canada will be defined largely by how the hosts fare in the men’s ice hockey tournament. Canada has the depth, talent and experience to win gold, but how they do will depend on how well they handle knowing that anything short of the top of the medal stand will be viewed as a disappointment.
2. Can the American blue line survive?
Besieged by injuries to Mike Komisarek and Paul Martin, Team USA is going to the Olympics without arguably its best shot blocker and best puck moving defenseman. It’s not as if Komisarek and Martin are irreplaceable, but Tim Gleason and Ryan Whitney have to prove they belong if the Americans stand a chance.
3. What will Alex Ovechkin do?
Who knows, but we’re guessing it’s going to be both impressive and theatrical. You should always watch Ovi because you just never know what you’re going to see next. The Olympics will be his biggest stage to date.
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As we all know, the NHL will be participating in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver in February. I for one am very excited as I have always enjoyed international competition though part of me wishes that it was every country’s top amateur players. I guess they do that in the World Junior Championships, right?
Anyways, I wanted to point you readers out there to Reid, who took an in-depth look at what Team USA should look like in a few months on Pete Prose. Here is a brief sample of what he wrote:
Team USA doesn’t have the depth up front that Canada or Sweden will possess in droves, and they don’t have the All-World game-breakers that Russia will present, but nonetheless, this is a formidable, and perhaps underrated, group of skaters.
Leading the charge will be New Jersey Devils star Zach Parise, who broke out in a big way in 2008-09, leading the Devils with 45 goals and 94 points. He is unequivocally the top American skater on the planet, and is the closest thing Team USA has to a world class superstar.
Look for Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny to center Parise on the first line, as the cerebral pivot is off to a good start this year for the upstart Avs, with 4 goals and 14 helpers in 20 games. Defensively responsible, much like Parise, these two could shine together.
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From Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy:
For 2010, USA Hockey will have its deepest goaltending trio between Ryan Miller, Tim Thomas and Craig Anderson, who stamped his place on the roster with a red hot month of October. The battle now for the next three and a half months will be about which one will watch from the press box at GM Place and which two will dress.
Coming into this season the debate was between Miller and Thomas for the No. 1 job; but if Anderson continues to carry the Colorado Avalanche, how can his place in the argument be denied?
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From Mick Kern at XM NHL Home Ice:
Still, the sport of hockey belongs in the Winter Olympics, because, well, because it’s a winter sport, despite the effort of the NHL to push the Stanley Cup Final into July.
So when Toronto Maple Leafs’ GM and all-around blustery guy Brian Burke mentions that he’d like to see hockey moved to the Summer Olympics, it makes me take off my weathered Kansas City Royals cap and scratch my head.
The men’s gold medal game is arguably the centrepoint of the entire two-week sporting orgy. At the very least, it is the winter equivalent of the men’s marathon; it’s the big bang that ends the Games. To rip it from its rightful place, and plunk it down in the midst of the Summer Games would be almost as stupid as signing Colton Orr to a contract.
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From Stan Fischler at MaxHockey.com:
About the dumbest thing the National Hockey League could do would be continuing participation in the Olympics after Vancouver.
Gary Bettman knows it.
The owners know it.
Fans who really, REALLY, care about their teams know it.
As we will learn once again this year, NHL involvement in the Games is a large pain in the “tuuches,” and that’s not Finnish either!
Already, the beefing has begun and it’s only mid-Summer.
The NHL Players’ Association has issued an edict—it does this very well—that players should not participate in the pre-Games skates.
Click here for more. I’m on the fence with this issue as part of me feels the Winter Olympics would be a perfect event to showcase the top youngsters/prospects from each country. However, that’s really done in the World Junior Championships. Another part of me feels that the Winter Olympics are the perfect stage to feature the best hockey players in the world which means that NHL players should be included.
What do you folks think?
From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:
As this point, your heart just goes out to Steven Stamkos(notes). The No. 1 overall pick in 2008 for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the kid battled through absurd expectations placed on him through offseason marketing—and his own struggles—in a season that saw him earn just three third-place sympathy votes for the Calder.
But he played better as the year wore on, and played very well for Team Canada in the 2009 world championships. Olympic hockey analyst Pierre McGuire thought his international experience might be enough to earn Stamkos a roster spot for Team Canada in the 2010 Winter Games.
Click here for more. I for one am shocked that New York Rangers’ defenseman Wade Redden was not asked (just kidding obviously)!