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No Ice, No Problem For Team Canada


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Ranking The USA Goalies

from Craig Custance of ESPN (paid subscription),

Here's an early handicap of how the American goalies line up heading into the season:

1. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

Back in 2010, when Quick was in Vancouver as the third Team USA goalie (essentially to gain international experience at the highest level), I asked him what it was like to have the label of USA Hockey's goalie of the future. Even being at the Olympics in the flesh didn't make it any easier to the expectations that he'd be starting in goal for the Americans down the road.

"That's too hard to even think about," he said. He's accomplished so much since then that's it's almost hard to envision anybody else in Sochi as the American No. 1 goalie. He'll return to the Olympics, not as a kid gaining experience, but as an experienced goalie with a Stanley Cup ring, a Conn Smythe trophy and a career playoff save percentage of .929, including .946 and .934 the last two seasons. He starts the season as the favorite.

2. Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings

We look back now at the 2013 playoffs and remember Corey Crawford's resiliency and ability to bounce back from bad moments to help propel the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup. And at times, we forget just how close Howard came to ending Chicago's run and carrying Detroit to the Western Conference finals in an outcome that might have further raised his profile like Crawford's. The Red Wings were up 2-1 in the third period of a Game 6 that could have eliminated Chicago and Howard's strong play that series was a huge reason.

Howard finished the 2013 playoffs with a .924 save percentage and in three Detroit wins over the eventual champs, allowed just two goals in a postseason that solidified him as a playoff performer. He gained international experience in the 2012 World Championships, where he went 5-2 with a .910 save percentage.


Custance lists the rest of the goalies in this order, 3. Ryan Miller, 4. Craig Anderson, 5. Cory Schneider and 6. John Gibson.

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Olympic Hockey Camp Coverage

Over the next few days the majority of hockey news will be pertaining to the Canadian and US Olympic camps.

I don't plan on throwing every news story out there but instead will be selective on stories I believe are worth reading.

If you want to get minute by minute coverage, I suggest following the Twitter accounts of  Michael Russo, Tom Gulitti and Shawn Roarke for USA camp coverage.

On the Canadian side, just about every major MSM person is following the Canadian camp and by now you should know who those folks are.

If you'd like to add more MSM follows, please feel free to leave a comment.

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Sochi May Be The Last Olympics For NHL Players

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Not half a day into the beginning of an orientation camp for NHLers hoping to play for Canada, and whispering this latest era of NHL participation is near an end was growing louder.

"They won't be going to Korea," was a common refrain among media in Calgary for Hockey Canada's orientation camp, featuring 47 Canadian-born NHLers, along with a management team and coaching group largely culled from NHL staffs.

Team Canada simply chose to not go on the ice rather than fork over the cash to insure a few light skates. That doesn't bode well for future NHL participation.

The International Olympic Committee will pay in the neighbourhood of $8 million to insure NHLers playing in Sochi, a price tag that was a major sticking point in negotiations.

The NHL wants to revive the World Cup, playing every second year, and the ever-increasing cost of insurance will be a convenient excuse if and when the league makes its move to bow out of the Olympics.

Control over broadcast schedules, revenue, game sites and costs make the World Cup concept far more attractive to the NHL and its owners. Playing late in the summer and not interrupting the NHL season is also a benefit to the league.

read on

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Big Ice On Team Canada’s Mind

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

"The big-ice game is the big equalizer. It's the game that you can get swallowed up by as a North American player," Hitchcock told ESPN.com in a separate interview Sunday. "If we were guilty of anything before Torino, it's that we didn't do enough detail preparation knowing the changes in the game that were going to get played. The first mistake was an honest mistake -- that all of us felt there was a sense of obligation to that group from 2004 because they played so well."

At the management staff news conference Sunday, Lowe could not have spelled it out any more plainly.

"We are much more open-minded to have a different team than the gold-medal team in Vancouver," Lowe said. "Not that we were close-minded for '06 after Salt Lake but certainly respectful of the group that had won in '02. You know, there were the incumbents, the ones who had won … We felt they were still capable of delivering as a group. Well, this is a lot different than the National Hockey League. It is four years removed from [the Vancouver Olympics].

"The biggest lesson is foot speed -- for all players," Lowe added. "You have to be able to skate, and you have to be able to move the puck. We've seen that time and time again -- in '06 and [at the] World Championship the last couple of years. It's quite evident.

"The team will be made up of players who can skate, think and move the puck. There could be a number of changes from the gold-medal team in Vancouver."


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Morning Line

"...the people hear believe the Philadelphia Flyers were emphatic on him staying and that's the reason he is not here."

-Bob McKenzie of TSN on Claude Giroux not attending the Canadian Olympic Camp while he is rehabbing his injured hand

More information from the camp in this TSN video featuring, McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun and James Duthie.


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Canadian Networks Covering The Olympic Camps

via MediaCaster,

TSN’s James Duthie, Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun and Ray Ferraro are live on location in Calgary, with planned features and in-depth analysis across all of TSN’s media platforms.

TSN’s coverage begins today with the opening news conference (which will also be live streamed online) featuring Team Canada’s Executive Director Steve Yzerman, coach Mike Babcock and select players. Ongoing TSN coverage includes Sportscentre updates, exclusive digital platform reports and radio coverage on TSN and TEAM Radio stations

Meanwhile, Sportsnet‘s Hockey Central team - host Jeff Marek, analysts Nick Kypreos , Doug MacLean, and Mark Spector as well as reporters Gene Principe and Roger Millions – are also delivering orientation camp coverage, with player interviews, reactions, analysis and an in-depth look at Team Canada ahead of the Winter Games planned across the regional and national sports specialty services.

Sportsnet also heads south of the border to cover the U.S. National Men’s Team camp, with daily updates from Arlington, VA.

Sportsnet’s additional multi-platform coverage of the National Men’s Team camps across TV, digital and radio includes live streaming of the opening press conference, daily digital coverage of Canadian and U.S. camps, as well as radio coverage on  Sportsnet 960 The FAN.

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Brian Burke Speaks On The Russian Anti-Gay Law

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

While Burke opposes a full-on boycott of the Games, he told TSN on Friday that he plans to fulfill his Team USA duties while staging his own personal protest of the new law.

“People should make it known that this type of bias can’t take place,” Burke said. “But I think a boycott is misplaced. A boycott punishes the athletes. If we say we’re not going in the face of these laws, I think that punishes every Canadian, American, Argentinian athlete that’s prepared so hard for these Games. I don’t think it’s appropriate.

“The appropriate measure should be that as long as these laws are on the books, Russia should not be awarded another international competition. In the meantime, they’ve got to guarantee everybody’s safety.”

Burke added that the International Olympic Committee also needs “ironclad” assurances from the Russian government that athletes, staff and fans will be “not only free from harassment but free from any type of prosecution” under those laws.

“I think they’re going to get the assurances they need and make sure that it’s safe for everybody,” Burke said.

read on

You can watch the short TSN segment with Burke here.

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Hate, hate and more hate

That was the hockey world yesterday. 

Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk was in his home country of Russia where the highly controversial anti-gay law has been making headlines at least once a day when he was asked about his take on it.

Now from what I have read online no one that is bashing or standing up for Datsyuk was actually there in Russia.  I think many, especially the further west in North America we go, were probably still asleep when the question was asked – that didn’t stop anyone from spreading out venom.

At this point every mainstream media, established bloggers and recreational tweeter has expressed their outrage over Datsyuk citing his religion as his answer to a politically driven question.

Continue Reading »

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Why Is Canada Having An Olympic Training Camp?

from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

Four days of Team Canada meetings, fishing outings and golf isn't going to help Steve Yzerman and Mike Babcock pick an Olympic team for the Rainbow Olympics in February scheduled for Sochi, Russia, nor is it going to help them win the tournament.

Foster team chemistry? When almost half of the 47 invitees are not going to make the cut when the team is announced? C'mon. Who is one supposed to bond with, exactly?

They can hand out the free stuff - Lord knows NHLers need more free t-shirts, etc. - let players know how one travels from North America to the Black Sea and even show some video and have a chalk talk on how Team Canada intends to navigate the larger international ice surface.

But none of that will help in February.


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