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Team USA blueline injuries pile up

For Team USA, the opening game is two weeks away, but already they’re having injury concerns on the blue line.  This could be good news for Canes defenseman Tim Gleason. 

Today, Devils defenseman Paul Martin withdrew himself from the Olympics due to an arm injury.  Martin, a Minneapolis native, suffered a broken left forearm early in the season, and has suffered setbacks in the healing process. 

Although nothing has been announced, it looks like Mike Komisarek (West Islip, NY) is too banged up with a shoulder injury to play for team USA.  This means that two players will get called up to replace them.

My opinion is certainly biased, but it seems like Tim Gleason (Clawson, MI) should and will be one of the replacements.

He’s tough, gritty and steadfast. He’s got offensive upside and oodles of character.  At 27 years years of age, he’d be one of the older guys on the team, but he has represented Team USA in the 2008 World Championships.  He’s been one of Carolina’s best defensemen and has proven to be a team leader.  If clutch performance is what team USA is looking for, they won’t be upset with Gleason.  He played quite well in the playoffs for Carolina last year, getting a game winner and adding four helpers from the back line.

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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science.  He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows.  Sometimes, all in the same day. 

David has contributed to CBC.ca for their Stanley Cup playoff coverage in 2006 and to the New York Times Slapshot blog for theirs in 2008. Red and Black Hockey was founded in July of 2005.