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Hockey Canada to announce men’s Olympic roster Tuesday

Jan 6, 2014, 10:57 AM EDT

Sidney Crosby #87 of Canada celebrates with his captain Scott Niedermayer #27 after scoring the matchwinning goal in overtime past Ryan Miller #39 of the United States during the ice hockey men's gold medal game between USA and Canada on day 17 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 28, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.
(February 27, 2010 - Source: Alex Livesey/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Just a reminder that Hockey Canada will announce its 2014 Olympic roster tomorrow morning in Toronto. We’ll probably write a post or two about it, if you think hockey fans might be interested in the topic.

Who will make it? Who won’t? Well, TSN’s Bob McKenzie is pretty plugged in with the decision-makers, and he announced his projections yesterday on Twitter.

Among those left off McKenzie’s list: Chris Kunitz, Eric Staal, Joe Thornton, Dan Boyle, and Brent Seabrook.

A couple of inclusions on the blue line that may surprise you (until you’re reminded they shoot left, not right): Dan Hamhuis and Marc-Édouard Vlasic.

And yes, PK Subban made McKenzie’s list.

Now, the following list isn’t set in stone; it’s just his best guess. We’ll know its real accuracy tomorrow.

Related: Here is your 2014 United States men’s Olympic roster


  1. btlpper68 - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    If you think they were snubs for us wait for Canada no offense to fellow Americans

    • blackandorangeforlife - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      As a Flyers fan i am laughing at this…Who cares what the Pens system is…They are winning…..Bysmal might be a failure at making in game adjustments but you have to be beating them for that to even come into play…..Which is not that often!

      • blackandorangeforlife - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        Why did this post here instead of it’s own comment at the bottom of the page where it is supposed to be
        But now that it’s here i will at least reply in regards to your post……Given the talent pool Team Canada pulls from can anyone truly use the term Snub?

      • c9castine - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:57 PM

        word. thank you. more wins and ROW wins in last 2 seasons than anybody. conference final. i always admit yeah we got shut down at the wrong time and we couldn’t figure out an answer. but we don’t even play in the D and neutral zones the same this year. totally different team that has led to the 5th ranked defense.

        but anyway like you said, Bylsma’s teams are tough to get up on.

  2. thailer35 - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Seems backwards to me that Smith makes the Canadian olympic team, but Yandle doesn’t make the US Olympic team. Hopefully he makes the team but never plays a minute, so his trade value still goes up and we can ship him outta PHX and get someone else to challenge Vizzer who should be ready by next year.

    • joey4id - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      Yeah! Because GMs are so dumb that they will trade for a player because he made the Olympic Team (and never played a minute). Brilliant!

  3. stepanup - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Nash playing over Neal or Kunitz would be an injustice.

    • stepanup - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      Or Seguin.

      • pepper2011 - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        He really is terrible defensively. He should not make the team. As someone who will be routing for the US, I hope he does, but there are two dozen guys who deserve it more.

      • stepanup - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        Agreed, but how could you not salivate at the idea of Duchene and Seguin flying up the wings on a line. Speaking purely from the entertainment perspective.

      • pepper2011 - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        That’s what all-star games are for!

        It would be the US, Sweden, and Russia breaking up the play and heading the other way.

        I just don’t see how you can leave off Thornton, Lucic, Hall, Kunitz, or Neal off in favor of him.

        It will be a shame if Lucic gets left off. I have was real down on him after they won the Cup and he got handed a big contract, but he is a beast. His skating has improved immensely and he can actually fly when he gets going – on the larger ice; he would be a force. His numbers aren’t as flashy as others, but you only have to look to Seguin and find your reason.

        Lucic 30pts +15
        Seguin 41pts +6 (2013-14) 39 games played
        Seguin 32pts +16 (2012-13) 48 games played

        Claude makes play D.

        oh… Right there. No way Seguin makes this team with Claude on the coaching staff.

      • stepanup - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        Yeah, that’s why I said “purely from an entertainment perspective.” Lucic would be too slow to be effective on the big ice, his size and strength would be irrelevant. However, the fact that you pointed out that Seguin is a +6, on a team that has been ravaged by defensive injuries (Daley, Robidas, Gonchar), has to mean he’s not THAT bad in his own end, either.

      • stepanup - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        Put it this way, Seguin has two fewer points in one fewer games played, and is +23 than Mr. Ovechkin. Would you debate Ovi’s place on an Olympic roster?

      • matt14gg - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        For whatever reason (I have a feeling some of it may be off ice) Seguin has never been a favorite of Hockey Canada. Remember a few years ago when it was a national story when Seguin was cut from the World Junior team. People questioned a personality conflict with the head coach (which I believe was Dave King) at the time and as we have seen over the last few years Seguin carries a lot of baggage and is not the most popular player among his peers. I’d be surprised if he made the team.

      • pepper2011 - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        I am not a big fan of Ovi’s overall game, but you can’t really compare Seguin to him. If/When Seguin nets 45 goals in 5 seasons, and another 31 in 58 playoff games (seguin has 6 in 42)
        then maybe those comparisons can be made.

        Hockey Canada hates him because he’s not a great hockey player. He is amazing offensively, and that’s it.

        I am saying Lucic should make the team. He is not slow. People assume he can’t move because he’s big, but the guy has really improved his skating. He is in shape this year and it shows.

        Seguin IS that bad in the neutral and defensive zones.

        He is a heck of an offensive player; I will also admit that I am comparing him to Krejci and Bergeron – who both sacrifice offense to be excellent in all three zones.

        I think you would be hard pressed to find ANY B’s fans that would swap Krejci or Bergeron in the Seguin deal to Dallas despite his offensive prowess.

        all I know is the Bruins will be in “it” for the next 3-5 years (partly) because of the likes of Smith, Eriksson, Morrow and Fraser.

        Dallas won’t, but they’ll have a guy with 100pts.

        Seguin has 3 and a half minutes of Shorthanded time on ice this season.
        Alexander Barkov has 7+

        just sayin.

      • pepper2011 - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        More on Lucic: Ask Leafs fans about his game when he is determined.

      • c9castine - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:15 PM

        or Kane. as much as i think Kunitz should be there (he is after all the 2nd ranked player in scoring the last two seasons among canadians after Crosby, and I’m fully aware Stamkos would be number 2 if he were healthy) there are just a lot of guys that should go over Nash.

  4. slaugin - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Surprised Lucic isn’t a no brainer.

    • r4n6er - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      Lucic is to slow for the big ice. Also the typical hard-nose-grit hockey he is known for will be called as penalties in the Olympics.

      • pepper2011 - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        He’s not slow. Also- he gets called for losing his temper after the whistle. he rarely gets called for in game infractions. He will make it. There tends to be less BS in these games because there is no fighting.

      • pepper2011 - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        Benn and Nash get left off Kunitz and Lucic make it.

    • joey4id - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      They need speed and more speed. Lucic has 2 speeds. Slow and slower. His game is perfect for the smaller NHL rinks.

  5. bronxtale247 - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Nash playing period is a joke, and I’m a Ranger fan. Come on, the guys a Flower Forward. SMH

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    That overpaid/worthless bum Rick Nash get in over Kunitz or Neal…I’ll be pretty well pissed off

  7. runhigh24 - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    I guess Team Canada officials are so insistent on picking Nash because he’s played a ton of international games for them and done ok? That’s the only thing that makes sense. Of course he was only playing most of those game because the Blue Jackets were never in the playoffs when he was there.

  8. flyerspsu - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    For the people bringing up Neal and kunitz, remember what the players were like before they started playing nearly evert shift with Crosby and or Malkin

    Neal was and is still is a defensive liability who was only a 25 goal guy until he started playing Malkin on his line and both Crosby and Malkin on the PP

    Kunitz is a better 2 way player but his offensive success of late is almost entirely due to playing with Crosby

    Both players by themselves are not Canada team worthy

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      I think that notion is a little short-sighted since in both cases they will be playing with talented centerman on team Canada as well.

      Kunitz has been tearing it up the last two seasons primarily by doing dirty work around the crease and banging in rebounds. Yes he has done that with Crosby, but he might also be able to do it with former teammates Perry and Getzlaf as well. Any balanced line can benefit from having his work ethic on the boards and in the blue paint.

      Neal is a nasty trigger man with one of the best releases in the league. Put him on a line with any of those guys – Crosby, Toews, Tavares, Getzlaf, Bergeron, Jumbo, or Staal – and his game will be of value.

      With that being said, Nash was used internationally as a big body grinder type and played well in the past so even though he’s not having the greatest season Id on’t think its completely ridiculous to include him. Canada just has an embarrassment of riches frankly from a talent perspective.

      • flyerspsu - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        Well said, I agree with a lot of that, I just personally believe there are better all around players that don’t need to rely on the players around them as much that Canada could choose from

        Also let’s be honest if both Neal and kunitz were on a different team they probably wouldn’t even be in the discussion

    • joey4id - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      Then put both or one of them with Crosby.

  9. djshnooks - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Why did USA have to announce their team a week ago, but these teams got an extra week…to see USA’s roster, and build their rosters compared to that. That’s weak.

    Every team should have had to turn their team’s roster a week ago.

    • r4n6er - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      The U.S. over-achieved last Olympics. No one is building a roaster to beat team U.S.A.

    • totallyheather - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      The US did not HAVE to announce their roster last week. They chose to. The deadline for finalizing rosters is tomorrow. All teams were given the same amount of time. The US was trying to be strategic about it by announcing it during the Winter Classic. I also highly doubt that countries are building teams to specifically play against Team USA. They’re trying to build well-rounded teams to win gold overall – not to take down one specific country.

      • joey4id - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        And they can change their roster later in Jan.

  10. joey4id - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Saw Stamkos on TSN skating in full gear by himself. Ouch! Looks very ginger and awkward. Don’t think he’ll be ready and available in 4 weeks. Sorry! Get Kunitz in there.

    • badgerhockey77 - Jan 6, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      A month is a long time. I think he’ll be ready to play.

      • joey4id - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        Not only does he have to get the strength, flexibility, and mobility back in his leg, which can take weeks, he’ll also must get his game shape back. Do you think he’ll get to play games with TB before the Olympics begin? idk

  11. muckleflugga - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:01 PM


    master of the eight inche knuckle skip bounce laser

    one penguin is more than enough, thank you

    nuff said on that matter

  12. Hockeyfan - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:10 AM

    Agree it would be Short sighted of Candian coaches if they don’t take Kunitz. Isnt the idea to put the best players right now the ice? Stamkos won’t be ready conditioning-wise or game ready plus the stress of travel. Just isn’t his year with the leg injury which is unfortunate. Neal shouldn’t even be in the discussion.

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