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Khan reveals Red Wings’ World Championship participants

If you missed this in the Red Wings locker room clean-out day post, MLive's Ansar Khan revealed which Red Wings players will be taking part in the World Championships in Minsk, Belarus starting on May 9th:

Jakub Kindl will represent the Czech Republic; Tomas Tatar will represent Slovakia; there was talk that Gustav Nyquist would be joined by Joakim Andersson and Jonas Gustavsson on Sweden's roster, but I guess that's petered out; Danny DeKeyser will represent Team USA.

Tomas Jurco's a little peeved about not being allowed to leave the Griffins to play for Slovakia, too, but them's the breaks.

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

“I wish I was going to represent Slovakia.  I would definitely prefer it in front of the farm,” said SME Tomas Jurco.

I think you always have to be a little careful with online translations, but if that’s an accurate representation of what Jurco said, I don’t like it. I get that he’d like to represent his country, but he has a job he being paid to do. Right now, that involves helping the Griffins hang on to the Calder Cup.

I can’t imagine Jurco’s comments will go over very well with either his teammates or with management.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/29/14 at 03:09 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

You have to be SUPER careful with Czech and especially Slovak and Finnish—they simply don’t translate well at all—but yes, the whole, “I’m stuck on the farm” narrative is worrisome. Kid, you’re gettin’ paid a playoff bonus for the 1st round in the NHL and you’re gettin’ paid a playoff bonus in the AHL.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/29/14 at 03:13 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Not surprised at all by Abdelkader being selected for Team USA again, I expected it.  He had a great tournament two years ago.  Unfortunately this reflects on being available following a Wings first round exit.

I didn’t read the whole entry but if Jurco’s comments about wanting to play for his country were made to a home country media I wouldn’t get upset about it or take it to mean that he doesn’t want to play for the Griffins.  An off hand, spontaneous comment to a question about back home shouldn’t put any player in a bad light.

Posted by RWBill on 04/29/14 at 04:13 PM ET


Coming from Europe myself, I understand the importance of the World Championship. For a lot of Europeans players, it’s more important than the Stanley Cup. All Russian stars always come to play as soon as they are done here. But to have it in the same year as Olympic games does not make much sense. Have anybody looked at team Canada roster? I think Helm can be a first/second line center there.

Posted by VPalmer on 04/29/14 at 04:35 PM ET

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