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Canada to re-insert Hamhuis, Sharp against Finns

Feb 14, 2014, 4:31 PM EDT

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Dan Hamhuis and Patrick Sharp will draw back in the Canadian lineup on Sunday, but it’s unclear who they’ll replace.

Canadian head coach Mike Babcock confirmed the move following Friday’s 6-0 win over Austria. Both Hamhuis and Sharp played in the tournament opener against Norway, but were dropped from the second game in favor of P.K. Subban and Matt Duchene.

Duchene — at 23, the youngest player on the Canadian team — acquitted himself well against Austria, finishing plus-1 with four shots on goal in 14:28 TOI. He received some power play time and looked good skating with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.

Subban didn’t play much (11:14, least among the Canadian blueliners) and, following the game, received this review from Babcock:

Canada could drop Subban and Duchene from the lineup again, though there are other candidates to be scratched. Up front, Chris Kunitz hasn’t produced — no points and just three shots on goal through two games — and Jeff Carter, who scored a hat-trick against Austria, received a game-low 8:46 ice time on Friday.

On defense, Alex Pietrangelo and Marc-Edouard Vlasic were the next two lowest in ice time after Subban against the Austrians.

  1. cambannedloinstache - Feb 14, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    No brainer that it will be Kunitz, who looks a step behind the rest of his teammates. Why again was he inserted instead of Giroux?

    As for D my money is on Subban. Vlasic is the poster child of steady, under the radar defense and that has continued in these two games. Subban is more of dynamic player and while he hasn’t done anything poorly he also didn’t do a single thing to stick out.

    • blackfoot11 - Feb 14, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      It was actually St. Louis inserted on the Canadian roster over Giroux. Your Flyers hate for the Pens clearly is on display.

      • cambannedloinstache - Feb 14, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        I’m a Canucks fan. I don’t give a rat’s a** about those Eastern teams.

        Your enormous Pittsburgh sensitivity is showing.

      • bucrightoff - Feb 14, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        I think what he’s saying is realistically Giroux could have been swapped for a number of guys in the initial selection process (like say Kunitz). Strangely two of the guys I might have swapped him for looked great today (Carter and Marleau), and so far Marleau has easily been Canada’s best forward in this tournament. Marleau is playing aggressive, confident hockey, seems to be always around the puck.

  2. AppealToReason - Feb 14, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Part of me hopes its JBo and not Subban coming out for Hammy. I love Hammy and the way he plays but if I have a choice between him and Subban its Subban all day long.

    Its absurd that we even have a discussion about this.

    Part of my thinks maybe Marleau comes out up front. I thought Duchene played well. I don’t think they’ll take Kunitz out despite the fact he hasn’t made a decent pass all tournament and spends more time on his butt than the backup goaltender.

    • mattryannolan - Feb 14, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      Did you even watch the game? Marleau and Carter play well off each other.

  3. kaptaanamerica - Feb 14, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Kunitz should be out. Along with j bo.

  4. jimw81 - Feb 14, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Why was kuntiz named to team canada? That’s right, Crosby couldn’t live without him.

  5. csilojohnson - Feb 14, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Yes because Crosby had any say on the matter. Im sure Yzerman and Babcock consulted him on all selections.
    Get real man.

  6. dumbassgreg - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:59 AM

    either benn or kunitz. please let it be bouwmeester he is only on the team because he is left handed and plays with pietrangelo. hamhius can take his spot . subban stays in as power play seventh defensemen

  7. Hockeyfan - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Kunitz has had a few chances. Not sure he should be scratched. And enough of the crap he doesn’t belong. That discussion should have ended on selection day. Same with theGiroux discussion since he clearly got off to a slow start this year and did not belong. He can’t replace anyone who is on the roster. Certainly not St Louis
    So who sits out? Duchene didn’t do anything special. Might be him.

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