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Changes Likely For Team USA

from the Salt Lake Tribune,
The yearlong lockout in the National Hockey League not only deprived many nations of a season to evaluate players for their Olympic teams, but it also resulted in rule changes that emphasize skating and finesse, and might help players better prepare for the international style of play at the Olympics. And, perhaps most important, the Americans seem poised to head in a different direction under new coach Peter Laviolette and general manager Don Waddell, turning to younger, less-heralded players rather than some of the big-name veterans who played in the past two Olympics. "When you get to the Olympic Games, the future is now," said Dave Ogren, the executive director for USA Hockey. "The margin for error is very, very thin."
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