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Online oddsmaker: St. Louis favored to replace Stamkos on Team Canada

Feb 6, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

Martin St. Louis AP

Online oddsmaker Bovada has released the odds on which forward will replace Canada’s Steve Stamkos at the Winter Olympics in Sochi — and it’s Stamkos’ running mate in Tampa Bay, Martin St. Louis, who tops the list.

St. Louis is listed at -400, followed by Carolina captain Eric Staal (+300), Philly captain Claude Giroux (+600) and Pittsburgh forward James Neal (+750). St. Louis represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin and was on the team’s stand-by list in 2010.

The 38-year-old veteran has been on fire since first being omitted from the Canadian squad last month. St. Louis had eight goals and 15 points in 15 games during the month of January, highlighted by a four-goal performance against San Jose on Jan. 18.

Stamkos was ruled out of action yesterday after the Lightning’s medical staff declared his broken leg wasn’t fully healed. Hockey Canada has announced that Stamkos’ replacement will be named within the next 48 hours, and the team opens up the Olympic tournament on Feb. 13 with a game against Norway.

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  1. nunan - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    I’m rooting for MSL. It’s his last chance, most likely.

  2. alexcolesays - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Hockey Canada ‏@HockeyCanada 3m
    Martin St-Louis has been named to the #TeamCanada roster for #Sochi2014, replacing Steven Stamkos.

  3. porkypig44 - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    2006 Olympics were in torino. Come on hot shot halford pick it up

    • Mike Halford - Feb 6, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      2006 in Turin. I had Nagano on the brain. Signed, hotshot Halford.

  4. greenmtnboy31 - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    This is supposed to be news?

    Did anyone really think someone other than St. Louis was going to be picked by his own GM to replace his teammate on Team Canada? This was the plan all along, and I have no doubt they knew Stamkos was not going to be ready and St. Louis deserves to be there from the get go. They should have had the courage to just say this when the team was announced.

    Geesh, the feces that gets peddled for being newsworthy these days is incredible, but I suppose it keeps some people from being unemployed.

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