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by Paul on 12/02/13 at 01:01 PM ET
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
"All of sudden it's December, I thought of that today, I was texting with the coaches, a bunch of stuff today, we were going back and forth," Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock told ESPN.com Sunday before Detroit’s game against the Ottawa Senators.
"It's getting closer, but I really like the fact they moved the date."
It's ironic, really, that while Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic pushed the IIHF last week to extend the Olympic roster announcement deadline, no country will likely benefit more than Canada, which has the deepest talent pool to choose from and the harder decisions that come with it.
So with the IIHF, NHL and NHLPA agreeing to push the date from Dec. 31 to Jan. 7, it gives Team Canada another week to evaluate some of the players battling for those final few spots Team USA is sticking with its Jan. 1 announcement at the conclusion of the Winter Classic.
"What it does is that it gives the players more time to decide who is on the team," Babcock said. "To me, that’s what it's all about. We just watch them, but they decide (with their play)."
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