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Stamkos replacement to be named in next 48 hours

Feb 6, 2014, 6:56 AM EDT

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SOCHI, Russia — Who will replace Steven Stamkos on Team Canada’s Olympic roster? Hockey Canada executive Brad Pascall couldn’t answer that question Thursday afternoon in Sochi, but he did say the aim was to name a player in the next 48 hours.

The announcement could come sooner. NHL players are scheduled to leave North America on charters for Russia on Sunday, so whether it’s Martin St. Louis, Claude Giroux, James Neal, or another player, time is limited for Canada’s management group, led by Steve Yzerman, and coaching staff, headed up by Mike Babcock, to make the call.

“We have a wealth of talent, and we’re disappointed that Steven’s not able to play, but we’re confident that whoever would replace him would be a great addition to our team,” said Pascall.

Reporters desperate for some sort of hint asked how much a player’s recent performance could factor into the decision. Pascall replied that a player’s overall “body of work” will be considered, but “we want hot players coming in as well.”

Of course, St. Louis, Giroux, and Neal have all been productive the past month, so it’s hard to predict anything by that.

Canada opens the men’s tournament next Thursday versus Norway. The team’s first practice is scheduled for Monday.

Stamkos was ruled out of the Olympics on Wednesday after doctors determined his broken tibia had not completely healed.

  1. lowenni - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Give Marty one final go. He’ll bring everything he’s got (which is a lot)

    • bildomatic - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      Gotta be a Marty party at this point right? Every other guy has short comings or red flags other than him. A lot has been made of Giroux and Crosby not liking each other, who knows how much that plays in or not at all. Neal is a great player, but has been prone to make some boneheaded plays that could cost him and Canada a game. Another name I’ve heard tossed around is Seguin whose blossoming chemistry with Benn in Dallas could help his cause, but with Chiarelli and Julien being part of the staff I don’t see that happening. I think it’s gotta be Marty and in my opinion he should already be on the team!

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

        Also just to clarify point on Giroux-Crosby I’m not saying that’s what’s keeping Giroux off the team, just stating that it’s been put out there as a talking point. To me two pros should be able to put their differences aside for two weeks and try to win a gold medal for their country, but hey that’s just a cube monkey’s perspective.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Neal 4 Canada

    • macgrubie - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      Leave the head-hunting d-bag out of it.

  3. patthehockeyfan - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    C’mon, Yzerman! SOMEONE is going to have to pack in a hurry. Stop keeping people in suspense.

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    I wonder who Canadians think it should be?

  5. gotstamkos - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    MAAARTY! MAAARTY! MAAARTY! Speaking as a huge Lightning/Marty fan, I realize its a speed/big ice thing with Babcock, but this is his last shot. Guess I’m saying I’d love to see him there. Lastly, as I’ve said before, Stammer not 100%…he’s got to wait for the franchise’s future and he’s young enough to be on Team Canada in 2018.

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