Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/22/13 at 10:00 AM ET
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Naturally, with each Olympics the numbers surrounding Canada’s men’s team go north. Except, as we noted, for one.
How many players are locks to make the Canadian team for Sochi in February?
“By my count, I’m at 11,” said Nicholson. “It’s never been that low. The number has always been higher.”
Alas, a number that’s gone south from years past. Even in-house at Hockey Canada, the number of National Hockey League players who are — barring injury — guaranteed spots in Sochi is a matter of some debate.
“I’d say there are probably, conservatively, maybe 10 locks,” said executive director of Team Canada and Tampa GM Steve Yzerman. “We’re taking 25 players. Ten may be a conservative number, sure, but half of this team is available for guys to make. At least half.”
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