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‘We feel for him': Crosby reacts to fellow Canadian Stamkos missing out on Olympics

Feb 5, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

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It was the biggest news item in the hockey world on Wednesday: Steve Stamkos officially ruled out of the 2014 Winter Olympics due to the broken tibia he suffered in November.

Sidney Crosby, who was projected to play in the middle on Canada’s top line with Stamkos on the right side, spoke following the Pittsburgh Penguins’ win over the Buffalo Sabres about what transpired earlier in the day with his fellow Canadian.

“We all figured that if there’s anyone who’s going to find a way to get back, it’d be him,” said Crosby, as per Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Crosby added: “It’s probably more difficult for him than anyone else. We feel for him, but we obviously have to move forward.”

Within minutes of the Stamkos announcement, the debate about who should replace the prolific scorer on Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team suddenly began. Of course, you can have your say, by taking the ProHockeyTalk Poll: Who should replace Stamkos on Team Canada?

According to ESPN and TSN hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, Team Canada’s executive director Steve Yzerman will announce a replacement player “within 48 hours.”

  1. penvik - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Send James Neal, he’s heating up and can score a ton. Lethal, just deadly wrist shot.

    • joey4id - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      There are better and faster skaters than him, and players who can score are not in short supply on TC.

      • c9castine - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:59 AM

        i mean i keep seeing “this guys faster than that guy yada yada” how do you know? most of these guys look the same to me. if you think james neal isn’t fast enough that eliminates 75-80% of both us and canadian rosters too.

      • joey4id - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:52 AM

        A trained eye like Yzerman can clearly see that St.Louis or Giroux are better skaters than Neal. Hockey scouts and GMs perform these assessmemts on 100s of players in a season.

      • theageofquarrel - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:50 AM

        It’s because everyone on these blogs are NHL caliber GM’s,coaches,player scouts and players.
        But yet none of us work for the NHL

      • joey4id - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:59 AM

        There are a few here that have a trained eye. You can tell by their comments that they have been around the game for a long time. Not everyone who has the ability to be a lawyer chose to do so. Not everyone who has the hockey IQ to be in professional hockey in one capacity or another chose to risk the stability of the jobs for a career in hockey. That usually means working in the CHL before making the jump to professional. Most would be exchanging comments with an ex GM, coach, player or scout and they wouldn’t know it because of their bias for their team.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        why was stamkos on the roster? wicked shot, powerplay specialist…goal scorer. sounds like james neal to me. they dont need another fast guy to pass the puck (giroux, st louis), they need another trigger man or a power forward – james neal is one of the best in that regard. why replace a goal scorer with another playmaker? i think whoever it is will be the 14th forward anyway so it might not even matter but for my money i would take e. staal or neal.

      • joey4id - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        jpelle, that’s a very good observation, and I don’t think Neal would be a bad choice. Nor Giroux. I do believe they need to replace Stamkos with a player who will fit in the top six for Canada. They are going to start the tournament with Kunitz-Crosby, Getzlaf-Perry, Sharp and Toews playing together. Who’s going to be the third forward? I like St. Louis with Kunitz and Crosby because of his speed (take advantage of the bigger ice surface), maturity and experience, hockey IQ, and his body of work. He’s a good goal scorer, play maker and responsible defensively. idk… we’ll find out soon enough. Babcock will have the last say. Like he said. “I’ll get the feed back from everybody around me, and then decide.”

  2. dhawks19 - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Taylor Hall? One upside is he’s a natural winger

  3. herogoesallin - Feb 6, 2014 at 6:06 AM

    send martin st louis

    • cofran2004 - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      I agree. But my gut tells me Claude Giroux is getting the call. Either way, they’re getting a quality guy.

      • dirt2013 - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        If Yaz passes on St. Louis again he is asking for trouble on his NHL team.

      • cofran2004 - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        Agreed, but at the same time he has to do what he things is best for team canada, AND his team. If he feels that St. Louis needs a rest during the olympics, I’m afraid Yzerman will take Giroux. Tampa is in the middle of a playoff race right now, so having his two stars (stamkos, st. louis) sit out would probably be best for their chances.

        I dunno man… it’s a tough line to walk. Would a pissed off st. louis be better or worse for tampa?

      • jpelle82 - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:48 AM

        st louis got over it once, he could get over it again. i think he had a 4 goal game right after the announcement of the roster was made the first time. he will be just fine if he doesnt go.

  4. kastout11 - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    I feel for him also, but he is young and will certainly have a few more chances to represent his country in the olympics. St. Louis will not have another chance, so even though I am a Flyers and huge Giroux fan, I think and want Yzerman to choose St. Louis for the roster spot, not Giroux. I think at this stage in their careers, Giroux is the better player, but selfishly I want him fresh and healthy for a Stanley Cup run, even though appear to be several teams better than them.

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