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Gagne leaves camp

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
Notes, quotes and anecdotes from Day 2 of Team Canada's Olympic orientation camp in Calgary....


Simon Gagne tweaked his groin Monday, and was subsequently sent home Tuesday as a precaution.

In his place, Andy McDonald and Jordan Staal took turns playing alongside Martin St. Louis and Jonathan Toews.

No player will be invited at this late date to replace Gagne, as the coaching staff felt it would be unfair to have them start late and behind.


Calgary-born Mike Green, defenseman for the Washington Capitals, used to attend
Mike Green
Olympic camps when they were held at the Father David Bauer arena as a child.
While being invited this time could be considered the realization of childhood dreams, Green is not content to merely be in attendance, and hopes his unique style of play will fit into the team's plans.

"You do what you do, enjoy the game, and good things happen... I'm just going to play the way I play and if it works out, it works out," said Green. "They have a plan for this team and all I can do is my part, if they don't choose me I'll be very disappointed."


Jordan Staal was the first of the three Staal brothers to find out he was invited to the Oympic orientation camp although the brothers weren't far apart.

They were all on vacation together and when he told Marc and Eric, they ran to check their phones for messages. Fortunately they too were invited and their vacation wasn't spoiled by sibling rivalry.

"It's really surreal having all three of us here, but we're all good enough to be here," said Staal. "I can definitely find a role on this team and I hope they'll have me."

Head coach Mike Babcock couldn't hide his smile when asked about the Staal boys.

"They're all quality young men. The Stanley Cup has already visited their house twice so they're obviously really special."


Ryan Smyth may be the forgotten man when it comes to candidates for the captaincy, but
Ryan Smyth
as is his nature, Smyth isn't as concerned about that symbol on the front of his jersey, he's focused solely on the other one.

"There are a lot of great leaders here, it's going to be a tough decision, but it's going to be a great decision... It's a letter, but more importantly, we're playing for the Maple Leaf on our chests, we're representing our nation here, and the guys all know that."


Though he is considered a longshot for Team Canada this time around, for 21 year-old goaltender Steve Mason, the opportunity to compete with Canada' best is wonderful, but not as great as getting to spend time with his idol, Martin Brodeur.

"I've introduced myself already (to Brodeur) but I'm waiting until the end of the camp to pop the autograph question," said Mason.

"Just being here is going to make me better. It's a great challenge."

Other goalies in camp are Cam Ward, Roberto Luongo and Marc-Andre Fleury.


The forward lines, save for the injury to Simon Gange, stayed the same for Day 2 of the camp. However, the coaches did shuffle some of the defensive pairings to get a look at some different combinations....The players left the Saddledome to play some gold in the afternoon...Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr is one who thinks the NHL sized ice for these Olympics is a bonus. "I think it is good for the Canadian and American teams. We don't have to alter our games that much," said Regehr.

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