San Jose is sending four players to the Olympics in two weeks when Joe Thornton (Canada), Evgeni Nabokov (Russia), Marcel Goc (Germany) and Christian Ehrhoff (Germany) represent their countries at the upcoming winter games in Turin, Italy.
It is possible that another Sharks player could be joining them. Scott Hannan, who performed so well for Canada at the World Cup of Hockey, had a slow start to the season and was not initially chosen for Team Canada.
Since that time Hannan has been red hot and several members of the Canadian blueline have been fighting injuries. Now Ed Jovanovski is out due to abdominal surgery and his replacement is in question. Toronto’s Bryan McCabe, who was a member of the Taxi Squad, is expected to return to action soon, and if he’s cleared, would step in for Jovanovski.
According to TSN, Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer is expected to make a decision very soon on whether to undergo arthroscopic surgery during the Olympic break. If one or both can’t go, TSN is reporting that Hannan is a strong possibility to be called upon.
KOROLYUK FOR RUSSIA A name familiar to Sharks fans now appears to be set to team with Nabokov on Team Russia. Alexander Korolyuk, who signed with a Russian league team this offseason, has been named as a replacement according to the IIHF web site.