Team Canada 2014 -- who will be on it?

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    Team Canada 2014 -- who will be on it?

    Post by wprager on Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:06 am

    The Winter Olympics will be here in 6 months (give or take). Between now and then Yzerman and company will be crafting the team that will represent Canada. Who will be on that team?

    Here are TSN's "early projections".
    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=428036

    Luongo/Price/Crawford

    Crosby, Toews, E. Staal, Getzlaf, Perry, Nash, Richards, St. Louis, Stamkos, Giroux, Tavares, Sharp, Bergeron, Benn.

    Keith, Doughty, Weber, Subban, Seabrook, Letang, Girardi, Pietrangelo.

    Interesting list. Out of the 25 players, only 3 play on Canadian teams (Luongo, Price, Subban). While many of the above may seem like the favorites, their play early in the season will knock some of them out of contention, for sure.

    Bergeron - we've all discussed how he's going to have a slow start. Don't think he gets in based on performance. He was there in 2010, so that counts for something.

    St. Louis - was last year an aberration or is he getting better with age? I don't see him dropping off from his production, but with Vinny gone, is that team as good as it was last season? Will that be reflected in Marty's totals?

    Subban - Norris notwithstanding, he's got a lot of ground to make up, IMO. Just too many red flags with the rumors of not being all about the team.

    Girardi - I know I'm biased, but I'd really rather have Methot.

    Man, Canada really should send two teams. There are so many players that could be there. Like Spezza -- dare to dream.


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    Re: Team Canada 2014 -- who will be on it?

    Post by LeCaptain on Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:18 am

    Bergeron is in no matter how he plays all year. He's the most complete player in the world right now.
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    Post by wprager on Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:38 am

    LeKing wrote:Bergeron is in no matter how he plays all year. He's the most complete player in the world right now.

    Not if he's broken and needs repairs.


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    Post by LeCaptain on Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:59 am

    wprager wrote:
    LeKing wrote:Bergeron is in no matter how he plays all year. He's the most complete player in the world right now.

    Not if he's broken and needs repairs.  

    Yeah there's actually a very good chance of that happening
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    Post by SeawaySensFan on Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:15 pm

    LeKing wrote:Bergeron is in no matter how he plays all year. He's the most complete player in the world right now.

    These teams are pretty well set before the NHL regular season even starts.
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    Post by tim1_2 on Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:35 pm

    Methot should get consideration, although I won't argue he's a dark horse.

    Our goaltending gives me nightmares.
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    Post by wprager on Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:39 pm

    SeawaySensFan wrote:
    LeKing wrote:Bergeron is in no matter how he plays all year. He's the most complete player in the world right now.

    These teams are pretty well set before the NHL regular season even starts.

    Sure, guys like Crosby, Toews, Weber, Getzlaf/Perry. But I doubt they pick a goalie before December. And there will be injuries, and there will be players breaking out, and there will be players breaking down.

    That Girardi pick still bothers me. Good, solid defenseman, but I think Methot does all that as well, and I'd like to think plays harder. Plus he's got the inside poop on Karlsson, which they may need in the medal rounds.


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    Post by sandysensfan on Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:57 pm

    wprager wrote:The Winter Olympics will be here in 6 months (give or take).  Between now and then Yzerman and company will be crafting the team that will represent Canada.  Who will be on that team?

    Here are TSN's "early projections".
    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=428036

    Luongo/Price/Crawford

    Crosby, Toews, E. Staal, Getzlaf, Perry, Nash, Richards, St. Louis, Stamkos, Giroux, Tavares, Sharp, Bergeron, Benn.

    Keith, Doughty, Weber, Subban, Seabrook, Letang, Girardi, Pietrangelo.

    Interesting list.  Out of the 25 players, only 3 play on Canadian teams (Luongo, Price, Subban).  While many of the above may seem like the favorites, their play early in the season will knock some of them out of contention, for sure.

    Bergeron - we've all discussed how he's going to have a slow start.  Don't think he gets in based on performance.  He was there in 2010, so that counts for something.

    St. Louis - was last year an aberration or is he getting better with age?  I don't see him dropping off from his production, but with Vinny gone, is that team as good as it was last season?  Will that be reflected in Marty's totals?

    Subban - Norris notwithstanding, he's got a lot of ground to make up, IMO.  Just too many red flags with the rumors of not being all about the team.  

    Girardi - I know I'm biased, but I'd really rather have Methot.  

    Man, Canada really should send two teams.  There are so many players that could be there.  Like Spezza -- dare to dream.

    I really don't know about putting Brad Richards in there. Isn't there a better option out there? They have to go with speed.. Because that's what the US and Sweden are coming with... and that's two of their main rivals.
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    Post by wprager on Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:18 pm

    Sorry, I should have put down M. Richards. It's in the article and I thought it would've been obvious given how he's been playing. He was on the 2006 team that didn't get a medal. He won't be going to Sochi.


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    Post by wprager on Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:09 pm

    Here's the list of evaluation/orientation camp invites:

    http://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/Team-Canada/Men/National/2013-14/Orientation-Camp/Roster

    Methot is on the list, but no Spezza. Ouch. The guy was #4 overall in the league the last time they had a full season. And that was with a sore back.


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    Post by tim1_2 on Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:18 pm

    Spezza can't catch a break. I'd put him on there ahead of the following: Carter, Couture, Duchene, Eberle, Getzlaf, Hall, Kunitz, Ladd, Lucic, Marchand, Neal, M Richards, Sharp, both Staals, and maybe Joe Thornton. Holy hell, what a diddle up.

    Spezza is the perfect setup man for high-end talent. I would understand (probably) if he didn't make the final team, but to not even be on the orientation camp roster is ridiculous.

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    Post by NEELY on Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:21 pm

    Spezza is what he is and that's a player a lot of coaches don't trust as well as not being good enough to be on the top 2 lines for Team Canada. No one in their right mind would give hard mins to Spezza on the 3rd and 4th line. This is better for Ottawa anyways and I could care less about the Olympics.
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    Post by Ev on Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:23 pm

    Seriously, let him rest up for 3 weeks instead of going to play 10 hours away or whatever it is in Russia on the big ice.

    Good fuel to impress TC as well. He's gonna come out hot
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    Post by PTFlea on Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:24 pm

    Beautiful. The less Sens that play in this, the better, especially Spezza.
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    Post by tim1_2 on Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:26 pm

    Oh, and Spezza is great at faceoffs, which would help at the Olympics too. You're right though, Ev, better for the Sens to NOT have him there.

    Also another notable absence is one Mr. Martin Brodeur.

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