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2014 Olympics

Olympic cred for Pens' Kunitz not due just to Sid

Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 5:53 PM / 2014 Olympics

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- As he prepared for his first game back at Rogers Arena since scoring the gold-medal clinching goal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby was never a doubt to return with Canada to the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The same could not be said for Penguins linemate Chris Kunitz, but thanks in part to their chemistry together both are Russia bound.

The Penguins pair was named to the Canadian roster for the Sochi Games on Tuesday morning, and while Crosby's status was a no-brainer there were questions about Kunitz becoming a first-time Olympian at age 34, especially with big names like Claude Giroux, Martin St. Louis, Logan Couture and Eric Staal left off Canada's roster.

Kunitz is sixth in NHL scoring with 47 points in 44 games, and tied for fourth with 23 goals, including 11 on the power play. But many have suggested those numbers, and his spot on Canada's Olympic team, are all about playing with Crosby, even after Canada general manager Steve Yzerman said Kunitz made it on his own merit.

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Analysis: What questions determined Canada's roster

Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 5:04 PM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

No one ever hid from the fact Canada would be leaving a number of star players off its 25-man roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, so now that the roster is out it's simply inaccurate to say Claude Giroux, Martin St. Louis, Joe Thornton, Brent Seabrook and Dan Boyle and others were snubbed.

These players and many more that didn't make the roster announced Tuesday were not ignored, rebuffed or spurned disdainfully. They didn't make it because Canada has a lot of star power and was only allowed to select three goalies, eight defensemen and 14 forwards.

In the Olympics, depth is all about the players you bring, not the players who are worthy of being there. That's why these decisions were so hard for Canada executive director Steve Yzerman, who admitted he was trying to slot 17 forwards into 14 spots and, well, that's just not allowed.

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Analysis: Several gambles on Sweden Olympic roster

Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 12:21 PM / 2014 Olympics

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The players Sweden named to its team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics could be a gambler's paradise.

There's a lot to like in those picked; there's also a lot that could go wrong.

It starts in goal, where Sweden could have a huge advantage on other teams in the tournament -- if New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist plays to his top form.

Lundqvist, the 2012 Vezina Trophy winner, has had an uneven NHL season with the Rangers. In 32 games he's 12-16-3. His 2.78 goals-against average is 32nd in the League and his .906 save percentage is 34th; this comes after Lundqvist ranked in the top eight in both categories every season since 2009-10.

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Islanders' Tavares not distracted by Olympic talk

Monday, 01.06.2014 / 3:38 PM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- New York Islanders captain John Tavares hasn't spent much time worrying or thinking about trying to make the Canadian Olympic team this season.

"I don't think it's been about what do I have to do to be there, what am I worrying about, what are they watching me do out there?" Tavares said Monday morning from Nassau Coliseum. "The thoughts have been about excitement and what it would be like to be there, not so much the pressure or what I have to do to get there."

That line of thinking makes sense considering Tavares is likely a lock to be on the roster that will be revealed by Hockey Canada on Tuesday morning in Toronto. The feeling has always been that as long as Tavares played well and stayed healthy he would be selected to play in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

However, the mystery (if you want to call it that) will have to remain a mystery until at least Tuesday morning.

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Stars' Benn, Seguin await Olympic word from Canada

Monday, 01.06.2014 / 3:00 PM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Jamie Benn was disappointed and angry over not getting an invitation to Canada's Olympic orientation camp this past summer. He thought he had done enough to at least get invited to the camp, but Canada executive director Steve Yzerman and his staff thought differently.

The question now is has Benn done enough through 41 games this season to convince Yzerman and company that he belongs at the 2014 Sochi Olympics anyway?

Benn and teammate Tyler Seguin have played their way onto the radar for the Canadian Olympic team and could hear their names called Tuesday, when Hockey Canada announces the roster at an 11 a.m. ET press conference in Toronto.

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Olympic Stock Report: Who makes cut for Canada?

Monday, 01.06.2014 / 12:00 PM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The days of trying to impress Hockey Canada's executives and coaches are over. Either you've done enough to make the Olympic team, or it's time to start planning your Olympic vacation.

Canada executive director Steve Yzerman will reveal the country's roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Tuesday during a press conference in Toronto. The announcement is sure to spark intense and emotional debates across the continent. Basically, take what happened in the United States with the controversy sparked by the omissions of Bobby Ryan, Kyle Okposo and Keith Yandle and multiply it by 10, if not more.

That's the conversation that awaits the hockey world Tuesday. The conversation now is still littered with questions about what Canada's roster could look like.

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Bylsma has identity in mind for U.S. Olympic team

Friday, 01.03.2014 / 1:24 PM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Now that the 25-man United States roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics has been chosen and subsequently analyzed by media members and fans, the attention now turns to line combinations, defense pairings, roles within the team and the depth chart in net.

United States coach Dan Bylsma said Friday in a conference call that type of analysis began for him long ago and will continue in earnest until the team arrives in Russia.

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Analysis: Style over stats with Olympic goalies

Friday, 01.03.2014 / 9:45 AM / 2014 Olympics

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- As roster deadlines for the 2014 Sochi Olympics approach, the spotlight often shines brightest on the potential goalies.

In a tournament with little margin for error, every goal, questionable or not, allowed by the candidates is replayed and critiqued, every losing streak broken down and analyzed.

But what about how each goaltender plays? Should that be as important as the results he posts as the Jan. 7 deadline for rosters to be submitted approaches?

Perhaps yes.

With the 2014 Sochi Olympics being contested on the larger international ice surface, the style a goaltender plays may affect his ability to adjust to the different angles and reads on short notice.


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Stamkos skates in no-contact jersey: report

Friday, 01.03.2014 / 1:47 AM / 2014 Olympics

NHL.com

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos skated in a red no-contact jersey after practice in Calgary on Thursday, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Stamkos, whom the newspaper said "was in full gear for the first time," said it was another step in his recovery from a broken right tibia sustained Nov. 11 against the Boston Bruins.

Stamkos said Wednesday he intends to play for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics next month.

"I'm a pretty driven guy," he said. "I set goals for myself and I do anything possible to attain them. If I can't attain them, at least I can look myself in the mirror and say I did everything in my power to try to attain that.

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Analysis: Omissions could define U.S. roster

Thursday, 01.02.2014 / 4:57 PM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

USA Hockey opted to go safe and steady in selecting the men's national team roster representing the United States in the 2014 Winter Olympics. In doing so, the management group, led by general manager David Poile of the Nashville Predators, passed on the opportunity to include the second-best American goal scorer in the past five-plus seasons and the country's best offensive defenseman in the same span.

Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan and Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle were considered favorites to make the team by many analysts, but neither player made it onto the roster announced by USA Hockey on Wednesday following the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium.

The omissions are not wrong, but rather a reflection of the mindset of the management group appointed by USA Hockey, which is led by Poile and also includes Ray Shero, the general manager for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman, Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon, Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi and Brian Burke, the president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames.

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