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PHT Morning Skate: Players react to Team USA Olympic selection

Jan 2, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Cory Schneider #35 of the New Jersey Devils skates to the net during the first period against the New York Rangers in a preseason game at the Prudential Center on September 16, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.
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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Brandon Saad was disappointed to find out that he didn’t make the United States’ 2014 Winter Olympic squad, but he feels he’s taken a big step forward this season and hopes to get another chance to represent his country in the future. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

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Cory Schneider was similarly snubbed, but in his case it sounds like it came down to a decision between him and Jimmy Howard for the final goaltending slot. For his part, Schneider felt it would have been an “incredible” experience, but he also believes that he could have done better in the first half of the 2013-14 campaign. He’s focused on improving for the sake of the New Jersey Devils. (The Bergen Record)

San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski did make the squad and he’s one of the 13 players returning from the 2010 silver medal winning team. He thinks that run will help give them some extra confidence. (San Jose Mercury News)

Team USA GM David Poile thinks John Carlson has evolved “from somewhat of a defensive defenseman to a two-way defenseman.” That helped the 23-year-old Capitals blueliner in his quest to make the Olympic team. (CSN Washington)

In an attempt to tell Ryan Kesler that he made the team, the USA Hockey accidentally contacted a 67-year-old Canadian. The man was happy to take Kesler’s spot, adding that he felt “Canada would be even happier if I played for you.” (Puck Daddy)

Shifting to the Canadian team, Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall has excelled offensively this season and is doing better without the puck, but he still doesn’t think he’ll make the cut. (Edmonton Journal)

Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon said that his team’s situation looked “bleak,” but the players are starting to believe in each other. (Sun Sentinel)

  1. dipspit55 - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    How is Andy Greene not even on the snub list the guy has better numbers than pretty much all the guys that made it

    • jpelle82 - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      he wasnt even on the long list submitted a while back…not sure why but apparently everybody involved was down on him despite him playing well now

      • nj666 - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        It doesn’t matter he wasn’t on a highly marketed team, i.e. penguins paul martin, the olympics are about ratings not about the games…

    • pfhockey - Jan 2, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      he has more points than martin playing on a weak offense, higher+/- than Martin and can shut down top players.

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Howard (Injured and in an off year) over Bishop (way better save% and consistency, BIG Goalie) ???? Brown over Pominville?????? Jason P has more goals than cheap-shot Brown has points (13). Apparently team USA management was someone with refined “take out” skills.

    Saad (30 points, Calder finalist last year) would have also been better that Brown – very good 2 way player, physical yet can skate, good hands, good passer, but apparently being in his 2nd year was a big factor. And far less likely to take a costly penalty or be suspended for the tournament due to international rules.

    Dustin Brown??????????????????????????????????

    • shamu1the1whale - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      Your comment made me laugh with the way you used the many “?”!! It’s great! LOL!

  3. 950003cups - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    This team has “favoritism” written all over it. Most of these guys are either on the IR just came off IR, or having under-performing years. The smack is that they’re all either on larger market teams or have selling points like “Dustin Brown is the last American captain to win a cup” never mind that he’s a slow skater playing on a larger ice surface.

    The 2010 team was the best one. This one is very questionable. Paul Martin being on the team is blasphemy. The guy is still injured, and he has a long track record of healing behind schedule. But he’ll likely play anyway at 50% because its a big honor for him. He’s be a fool not to play. As much a fool as the guy who asked him to play while his tibia is still in pieces.

  4. jacketsfan7 - Jan 2, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Jack Johnson anyone?

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