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NHL-NHLPA Rift Could Cause Waves For Sochi


In light of the recent Collective Bargaining Agreement Negotiations or lack thereof, I wanted to pose the question of whether or not the NHL players permission to play in the Winter Olympics will be taken away in the next agreement? It is certainly an issue that has been thrown under the rug due to the fact most of the emphasis between the two parties has focussed on Hockey Related Revenues, and how it will be shared amongst the league.

As I pondered this question, I decided to compile my projected rosters for the American and Canadian Ice Hockey squads at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. I also included below the rosters, a list of honourable mentions, as you can imagine both nations had a wide array of talent from which to choose.

Please comment/contribute to the forum below with your input and feedback on my choices, whether you think I left anyone out, or anyone you feel does not deserve to be on the team., etc. Remember that italicized players are replacements for any injuries that may occur during the tournament. Thanks for reading!

 

TEAM CANADA

Price

Fleury

Ward

 

Toews                      Crosby                      Perry

Skinner                   Stamkos                   Neal

Nash                        Giroux                       Iginla

Lucic                        Benn                         Eberle

E. Staal                   Bergeron                 Clarkson

 

Keith                        Seabrook

Myers                       Girardi

Weber                       Fowler

Doughty                   Subban

Letang

Honourable Mentions (In no particular order): Smith (G), Holtby (G), Harding (G), Luongo (G), E. Kane, St-Louis, Marleau, Marchand, Sharp, Hall, Hartnell, Read, Ladd, O’Reilly, B. Richards, M. Richards, Duchene, J. Staal, Getzlaf, Hodgson, Ennis, Bolland, Helm, Nugent-Hopkins, Zajac, Tavares, Spezza, Thornton, Couture, Lecavalier, Carter, Seguin, Burns, Giordano, Pietrangelo, Murray, Campbell, Gudbranson, Gorges, M. Staal, Coburn, Bieksa

 

TEAM USA

Quick

Miller

Howard

 

Parise          Stastny         Kessel

Ryan            Kane            Gionta

Brown          Kesler          Callahan

Kreider         Backes         Pominville

Pacioretty    Galchenyuk    Pavelski

 

E. Johnson        Goligoski

McDonagh         Orpik

Byfuglien             Suter

Gill                       J. Johnson

Yandle                Gardiner

 

Honourable Mentions (In no particular order): Schneider (G), Thomas (G), van Riemsdyk, Dubinsky, Umberger, Malone, Gaustad, Okposo, Oshie, Wheeler, Faulk, Leddy, Scuderi, Liles, Hainsey, Carle, McBain, Whitney, Martin, Shattenkirk.

 

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