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The Flames could have several representatives at this year's World Championship

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

CALGARY - While they are disappointed with how their NHL season came to a close, the Flames could have several representatives at this year's IIHF World Championship.

Michael Frolik expects that he will be in the lineup for the Czech Republic next month.

"It looks like it, that I'm going to go," the winger said on Monday. "They asked me a day ago and it looks like I'm going to go.

"It's in Slovakia so it's next door to us so I think that will be fun."

This year will mark Frolik's third World Championship. In his previous two tournaments, he tallied five goals and eight points in 19 games.

Frolik's Czech mate David Rittich also received an invitation but had to decline due to a knee injury.

"I was hurt for a big part of the season so it's a little sad but I'm not going there," he explained. "I want to but I want to be healthy for summer camp and for next year. This is more important right now for me, than to go there and make it worse."

Sean Monahan was invited by Hockey Canada but hasn't come to decision about his status for the tournament.

"I've been invited here and it would be an honour to go. I'm thinking about it," Monahan noted. "The last couple of summers I haven't really got to train properly with the injuries that I've had.

"It's a decision I've got to make here and it's something I'm going to think hard about."

On the Canadian blueline, Travis Hamonic was also issued an invitation but has declined to spend time with his family. Mark Giordano, who was recently named a Norris Trophy finalist, hasn't spoken with Hockey Canada yet but is considering going if he is invited.

On the American front, Johnny Gaudreau and Noah Hanifin have yet to decide on if they will play in the tournament while Matthew Tkachuk has ruled the tournament out as he is set to become an RFA this summer.

Last year, Mikael Backlund captained Sweden to gold at the tournament but he is not available to participate this year.

"I'm not going because we're expecting our little baby girl here any time soon."

Elias Lindholm could be an option for Sweden but the forward hasn't made a decision yet. General manager Brad Treliving did note he suffered a slight AC sprain in the final game of the year, which could impact his status for the tournament.

The tournament runs from May 10-26 in the cities of Bratislava and Kosice. The playoff round will begin on May 23.

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