Well, no more Canucks game this season, so we might as well start the countdown to the world championship that will be held in Minsk this year and starts on May 9th. Good thing it's not in the Ukraine.
So, Bieksa will be going. The Sedins won't, and neither will Edler. Läck has expressed an interst, but there is a plethora of Swedish NHL goalies available (Enroth, Lehner, Fasth, Markström, Läck), especially if they want to hold on to a slot for Lundqvist, should the Rangers go own against Philly, so we'll see if he gets the call.
Soooo...... in sticking with Canada's reluctance to have undisciplined players playing for the national squad Zack Kassian is overlooked despite displaying a bit more talent and touch than Alex Burrows who was chosen to the team. God knows 14 showed great judgement and discipline over the years balling about a referee, biting people, pulling their hair etc. Who picked this team Mike Farnworth ?
A lot of youth, but not looking very impressive. They get to add six more though. Probably waiting for first round eliminations.
Mind you, in an Olympic year most teams will have problems getting their best players to go to the world championships. It will mostly be the Olympic rejects wanting to prove they should have been on the Olympic team.
Ya bummer. Apparently he was healthy enough to start 19 straight w/o the medical staff saying anything. Too bad there wasn't someone else in town who could've spelled him off the odd game here & there...
Could this be yet another Torts fuelled injuries from overusing players beyond reason?
There will be a Canucks goalie playing for Sweden. Joacim Ericsson will be going. It's him, Nilsson from the Islanders and Linus Ullmark from Modo. Not the goalies I was hoping for, but on the upside it means that Joacim may get some quality ice time.
Nyqvist will also be joining the Three Crowns and Ovechkin will be playing for Russia.