Hey, peeps. It’s Dan Mount and I have the Team Canada roster. Sorry that it wasn’t up on Tuesday when it was announced, but having to deal with a snowstorm that dumps a few feet kind of uses up your free time. I’ll have more of the Olympic rosters as we close in on the Sochi games.
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Here’s a look at the skaters who will be wearing the Maple Leaf in Russia.
Jamie Benn (Stars), Patrice Bergeron (Bruins), Jeff Carter (Kings), Sidney Crosby (Penguins), Matt Duchene (Avalanche), Ryan Getzlaf (Ducks), Chris Kunitz (Penguins), Patrick Marleau (Sharks), Rick Nash (Rangers), Corey Perry (Ducks), Patrick Sharp (Blackhawks), Steven Stamkos (Lightning), John Tavares (Islanders), Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks).
Who may have gotten snubbed: You could most certainly make an argument for Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis. The ageless one has carried the Lightning almost singlehandedly after star talisman Steven Stamkos broke his leg. St. Louis does have a big fan by the name of Scotty Bowman. (A man who won and has put together several Stanley Cup winners.
San Jose’s Joe Thornton is the NHL’s fifth leading scorer, but was left off the roster. He had been a two-time Olympian in 2006 and 2010, but the Canadians have so much depth at center. Thornton would make a great pick if one of the centermen go down.
Claude Giroux was seen as a virtual lock over the summer, but things started to wrong for him. He got injured in a freak golf accident and then decided to skip Hockey Canada's orientation camp. His fate was sealed when he got off to a slow start. Giroux has picked it up in recent weeks, but it was too little too late.
Other noteworthy omissions include Mike Richards, Eric Staal, Logan Couture (he has been injured), James Neal, Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall.
Jay Bouwmeester (Blues), Drew Doughty (Kings), Dan Hamhuis (Canucks), Duncan Keith (Blackhawks), Alex Pietrangelo (Blues), PK Subban (Canadiens), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (Sharks), Shea Weber (Predators)
Who may have gotten snubbed: One of the biggest blueline snubs in my opinion was Kris Letang of Pittsburgh. He usually quarterbacks the power play and is one of the better offensive defensemen in the league. Some are saying Letang should look inside after getting snubbed.
Someone else that could have a legitimate gripe about being left off the team is Chicago’s Brent Seabrook. He got the series-clinching goal against Detroit last year in game seven. He’s a very smart hockey player that was also on the 2010 team that won gold in Vancouver.
Roberto Luongo (Canucks), Carey Price (Canadiens), Mike Smith (Coyotes)
Who may have gotten snubbed: You can make an argument for Corey Crawford of the Blackhawks. However, his injury may have cost him a spot.
Marc-Andre Fleury may have had a case, but his penchant for blowing it in big spots may have cost him an opportunity.
Final analysis: The Canadians have probably the most pressure on them to win aside from the host Russians. Canada has an embarrassment of riches and can draw from a vast group of talented players should one of the stars go down. (In fact, people are already joking about how well a Canada B team would do.
The Canadians seemingly have the best all-around roster, but the main issue could be goaltending. What happens if Roberto Luongo has one of hiccups in a big spot like he does in the playoffs? Can Carey Price step in and bear the weight of a nation? If Luongo can bounce back and lead the Canadians to the gold, it will be a step in Luongo’s redemption.
However, anything less than gold could be considered a disappointment to Canada.