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Yzerman Faces The Pressure

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

As the man most responsible for assembling Canada’s Olympic team, Steve Yzerman faces more pressure than any hockey executive in the world. And unless and until Canada wins a gold medal in Sochi, his selections for the team will be questioned and parsed and debated. It comes with the territory.

But it’s crystal clear by his choices that the one thing you cannot question about Steve Yzerman is his integrity. Yzerman and his management team picked the 25 players they believe give Canada its best chance to win a gold medal and that group did not include his own player, Martin St-Louis.

Talk about courage. It would have been very easy for Yzerman to overrule his management group and take St-Louis for the team. He could have easily justified it, saying that it was all about duos. After all, the team has Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo, who patrol the blueline together in St. Louis. It has Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp. He could have easily pointed to the tandem of St-Louis and Steven Stamkos, who is expected to be ready to play for Canada.


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Slumpy's avatar

Nash is having a great NHL season!!!!!!!


Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 01/07/14 at 04:01 PM ET

Mistercristo's avatar

Interesting article.  When I think I can hold Yzerman in no higher regard, he raises the bar again.  His candor and foresight is refreshing, but isn’t unexpected.  Neither Holland nor Babcock would have been able to leave St Louis home, and I submit the current (injury-excepted) Red Wings roster as evidence.  Dan Cleary and Kyle Quincey would be 2 of the starting 5 in Sochi (hopefully obvious hyperbole, but I think you get my point).

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 01/07/14 at 06:53 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Mister.. then on the other end of the spectrum, you have people like Jack Todd..

After Stamkos went down, St. Louis carried Yzerman’s team. So this is how Yzerman thanks him. Shabby and classless.

If you read more of his tweets from today, sounds like he has something against Yzerman.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/07/14 at 07:04 PM ET

SYF's avatar

To which I say, “Boo frickity hoo.”  He just needed something to whine about.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 01/07/14 at 07:12 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

After Stamkos went down, St. Louis carried Yzerman’s team. So this is how Yzerman thanks him. Shabby and classless.

Well the ‘classless’ comment is overboard, but I agree that the rational choice right now is St Louis over Stamkos. Especially because he excels in all areas in a tournament played on big ice.

Posted by duhduhduh on 01/07/14 at 08:25 PM ET

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