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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- Just wondering: Would Sidney Crosby be willing or able to check his ego at the door so Jonathan Toews could captain Team Canada in Sochi? Toews would be my pick for captain.
- So who starts in goal for Finland in Sochi: Pekka Rinne, Tuukka Rask or Antti Niemi? Miikka Kiprusoff picked the right year to retire.
- Not sure there’s a place for Ryan Miller on the U.S. Olympic hockey team. I figure Jonathan Quick starts in goal, Craig Anderson is the backup and you don’t want someone noisy or potentially disruptive as a third goalie. Jimmy Howard might be the better third choice.
more including the difference between Selanne and Alfredsson...
Team Canada hard at work at this point in time.
Meanwhile, Team USA is...
As Team Canada's Olympic Orientation camp heads into the final day, the NHL on TSN revealed their projected final roster for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
The panel, comprised of Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun, Darren Dreger, Ray Ferraro, and James Duthie made consensus choices on the 25 players who, based on their insight, they think Team Canada management is leaning towards to represent the country come February.
In net, Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo was chosen as the starter to be backed up by Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price and Phoenix Coyotes' Mike Smith.
The top defensive pairing was Duncan Keith and Drew Doughty followed by pairings of Marc Staal and Shea Weber, Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo, and Dan Boyle and PK Subban.
read on for the forwards...
The NHL Network guys with their closing remarks and a good opportunity to see the Team USA sweaters if you missed the live event earlier today.
via Tom Gulitti's recent timeline at Twitter,
Brian Burke told me today Russia's anti-gay propaganda law is "repugnant" and he won't be afraid to say that when he's in Sochi for Olympics
Burke cont: "...We’re here to win hockey games. Don’t worry about the politics. People like me will still speak about it.”
Burke: "People should remember these laws were enacted recently, so when Russia was awarded these games, these laws were not on the books."
read more from Burke at Gulitti's Twitter account...
added 3:52pm, More on this topic from Burke a few Team USA players on this topic by Corey Masisak of NHL.com.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey will reveal the Nike Olympic jersey its teams will wear at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in an on-ice ceremony today at 11:30 a.m. ET during the public day of the 2013 U.S. Men’s National Team Camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. The event is sold out.
The ceremony, which will be hosted by the NHL Network's Kathryn Tappen, will be streamed live at USAHockey.com.
All 48 players selected to attend the camp will be introduced during the ceremony. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to hear from Dave Poile, general manager of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team; Olympic Head Coach Dan Bylsma and selected players.
If I am able to embed the stream, I will update this post and the video will appear below...
added 11:08am, Doesn't look like I will be able to embed the stream, but here is the direct link...
added 11:36, Found an embed code, watch below if you wish...
added 11:44am, Picture of sweaters added below..
added 12:04pm, The video stream is over and I added some additional information abou the sweater below...
from James Neveau of NBC Chicago,
The truth of the matter is that when you combine the flair with which he plays the game, the quality of his playoff performances, and the emerging maturity that is redefining his image in the minds of Chicago fans (and is catching nationwide notice, for that matter), then there is no other conclusion than to say that Kane is the face of hockey in the United States.
Guys like Parise and Quick may be able to match Kane if this were a question simply of ability, but when you factor in the star power, as well as the allure of playing for one of the game’s most storied franchises, then Kane is without equal in this discussion. At only 24 years of age, Kane is (hopefully) far from finished in this league, but when all is said and done, then he may end up usurping guys like Mike Modano and others as the most legendary American to ever lace up a pair of skates.
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Team Canada coach Mike Babcock said Monday he had some thoughts on who his captain would be in Sochi, but he hadn't made a final determination. Toews figures in that slight reservation. Sidney Crosby is the consensus pick to be captain, but maybe Toews is better suited for the role.
In seven instances wearing a Team Canada jersey, Toews has won gold six times. He has the knack of being able to do whatever his team needs him to do at the right moment.
Many will argue -- and I'm firmly in this camp -- at this moment in time, Toews is the best player in the world. Durable, clutch and complete. He is The Franchise in Chicago and maybe Canada too.
Crosby is an offensive genius, but his defensive game is lacking. And while he leads with his play, he's not exactly Abe Lincoln when it comes to oratory skills.
Toews took a strong stand during the lockout and is never afraid to speak his mind. It's not hard to imagine him getting up in the dressing room and setting things straight.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The angles are different. There’s less emphasis on pounding the net with shots. It’s easier for forwards given more room to manoeuvre to simply wander into traffic-free areas where they aren’t very effective.
But you can’t talk your way into understanding the big ice, although bringing in Ralph Krueger to provide some helpful tips is worth a try.
You’ve got to play your way into understanding it. Many of the players in the Canadian camp have limited experience and have even had some success overseas, either with club teams or while playing for Canada.
Rick Nash, for instance, had 26 goals in 44 games for Davos back in the 2004-05 lockout. Jonathan Toews and Price were the heroes of that memorable shootout at the 2007 world juniors in Leksand.
There’s little know-how left over from the punchless ’06 Turin team. Luongo is back. Jay Bouwmeester and Dan Boyle are defencemen back to compete for a spot on the Sochi roster while Marty St. Louis, Joe Thornton, Eric Staal and Nash are veterans from that flaccid Italian campaign who may be in Russia.
That should be a bigger concern than goaltending. How do you pull players off an NHL-sized rink in the middle of the season, plunk them on to the big ice with only a couple of practices and hope they can navigate the rink as well or better than Europeans who have skated on it their whole lives?
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