Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/15/14 at 11:50 AM ET
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
Canadian Olympic team coach Mike Babcock intends to use his day off Saturday to do a lot of thinking about how his roster will look for the rest of the tournament. He certainly wasn’t tipping his hand at his news conference, but seemed to enjoy the cat and mouse game with reporters.
Which brings us to Chris Kunitz. Babcock faces a vexing question with respect to Kunitz, who has been almost invisible in Canada’s first two games, despite drawing significant minutes on the top line with his Pittsburgh Penguins running mate Sidney Crosby. Kunitz has looked overmatched and out of place against the two weakest opponents Canada is going to face in this tournament and there have to be concerns about how he responds to the tougher competition, which begins Sunday when Canada closes out its preliminary round against Finland.
If I’m Babcock, I need more out of my top nine forwards than I’m getting. Crosby has been actually quite good and has created a lot of opportunities and managed to draw an assist on one of Jeff Carter’s three goals against Austria. But having Kunitz on that line, for whatever reason, has been a bad fit and it’s something Babcock must address.
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