CALGARY, AB -- Mark Giordano insists he doesn’t feel snubbed.
There’s no hard feelings; no bitterness.
Obviously, though, the Calgary Flames captain would’ve jumped at the chance to represent Canada at the World Cup of Hockey 2016.
“But when there’s the group of guys they have the chance to select from, I think whatever it goes by … it goes by their gut feeling or people who they know … it’s tough to say,” Giordano said. “I’m not the only guy who people think might’ve had a chance to go there that isn’t there. I think there are a lot of great defencemen who aren’t there.
“We should make, maybe, an all-snub team or something like that.”
Eight teams -- Team Finland, Team Czech Republic, Team Europe, Team North America, Team Russia, Team Sweden, Team USA, and Team Canada -- will compete at the World Cup from Sept. 17-Oct. 1 in Toronto. All tournament games will be played at Air Canada Centre, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Flames forwards Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau will represent Team North America, and Michael Frolik will play for Team Czech Republic. Defenceman Jakob Nakladal, who spent the season split between the Flames and Stockton of the American Hockey League, and is currently an unrestricted free agent, will also represent Team Czech Republic.
Giordano would’ve given Calgary another participant.
Instead, Team Canada's defence will be comprised of Brent Burns, Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin, Alex Pietrangelo, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Shea Weber and Jay Bouwmeester. Bouwmeester was added last week to replace Duncan Keith, who will not participate as he continues to rehabilitate his right knee.
Giordano set career highs in goals (21) and points (56) in 2015-16. Only five defencemen, including two Canadians, had more points, and only Burns had more goals with 27.
Giordano also finished 13th in Norris Trophy voting.
The 32-year-old insists the extra rest heading into training camp is no silver lining to sitting out.
“I think sometimes you can get carried away with thinking it’s that taxing,” Giordano said. “You get into that tournament, you play some games, and you will may be maybe a touch more (tired), but I think it’s overrated. You’d still be fine and fresh even if you played.”