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Why No Joe

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

I knew some of you wouldn’t take it very well. But honestly, I was surprised by how many of you did.

“It’s about time someone recognized that Team Canada should steer clear of Joe Thornton,” wrote Ron Godin of Etobicoke, Ontario. “He’d be gangbusters against Latvia and France, but he lacks the heart and the will to compete against the Americans and Russians.”

That pretty much mirrors the thought process that went into the decision to leave Thornton off my proposed 2010 Team Canada lineup…

And while Yzerman was willing to play a checking role for the Canadians, he already was accustomed to that style of play after having his game reshaped in Detroit by Scotty Bowman. Remember, Yzerman won the Selke in 2000, so that was part of his game.

You can’t say that for Thornton. And it’s not that I think he’s incapable of checking. It’s just that Canada’s depth gives it more appealing options.

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