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Old 01-07-2014, 11:42 AM
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St.Louis and Lucic are my biggest surprises. St.Louis won the scoring title last year and hasn't slowed down. Hell without Stamkos, St.Louis put this team on his back on a line with two rookies to lead it to where they are in the standings right now, Lucic is an animal and something Canada could of used to it's advantage as well. That's still a good roster for Canada any way you look at it. Yzerman had to be outnumbered on St.Louis.
Didn't Yzerman leave him off last time as well? St. Louis must just think the world of him right now.
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:49 AM
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Didn't Yzerman leave him off last time as well? St. Louis must just think the world of him right now.
Yep and left Stamkos off that year as well. Have to wonder if Babcock doesn't like St.Louis or something. While the GM does technically choose the team, the coach has a huge impact on who is in/out of players chosen.
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:08 PM
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Well, I'm disappointed Marty did not make it

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2. What are Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis’ chances?

Before Luongo’s injury, the focus was on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s two biggest stars — forwards Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis.


There was significant doubt in Stamkos’ Olympic availability when he suffered a broken tibia Nov. 11.

The NHL’s leading scorer in 2010 and 2012 embarked on aggressive rehab with his first Winter Games in mind and skated in full equipment last week. He appears set to be named to the team. Again, that Feb. 12 injury replacement deadline helps.

St. Louis, the Lightning captain at age 38, is more of a question to hear his name Tuesday. He made the team in 2006 and missed it in 2010 but should be optimistic given Canada’s GM that left him off four years ago, Steve Yzerman, is now the GM of the Lightning.

St. Louis’ 38 points this season are tied for 13th among Canadian players and behind younger fringe Olympic hopefuls Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin.

“I think Marty deserves a spot on that team regardless of any other player, whether they’re injured or not,” Stamkos said last week. “Marty, especially the last 10 games, has really carried us. He’s a leader, he’s the captain for a reason, and he probably should have been on the last [Olympic] team — he’s using that as motivation, and I’ll be very surprised if he’s not on the team.”
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“I know some guys are going to have play different positions, but you do it for the better of the team,” Lightning winger Martin St. Louis said at orientation camp. “For the better of the country.”

But is it better for Canada to have so many centres playing out of position? If Yzerman and Co. have decided more natural wingers must be in the mix, that’s good news for St. Louis, Rick Nash of the New York Rangers, Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks, Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars and perhaps even Patrick Marleau of the Sharks.

Benn and Marleau weren’t at camp in Calgary over the summer, but Yzerman said then and during the season that that wouldn’t necessarily rule players out when it comes to Sochi.
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It was an unbelievable opportunity for those who won gold in 2010. But even then there were plenty of questions about the roster that Yzerman still remembers.

“Could you have put six or seven different guys on that team and still have won? Probably. Maybe?” he said. “(Again) there will be logic behind our decisions, whether it looks like it or not.”
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:11 PM
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Rumors now swirling that Yzermin removed himself from the MSL decision, allowing the other staff to decide if he made it or not.
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:16 PM
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Rumors now swirling that Yzermin removed himself from the MSL decision, allowing the other staff to decide if he made it or not.
I'm going to hope that's not true, because if so, it's a complete sidestep of responsibility as GM (and it's insulting to MSL).

It should be obvious by now that Olympic rosters are chosen by way of emotional processes (gut feelings, bad dreams, and wildly inconsistent use of the "body of work" argument). We shouldn't be naive enough to believe that the eye-opening Burnside piece about the US team selection isn't a near-copy of how just about every other country makes their picks. The incongruity between how the selecting officials pick their team, versus how the rest of the analytical hockey universe would have picked a team, is rather striking.
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:20 PM
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From a purely personal point of view, the most difficult choice for Steve Yzerman, the team’s executive director, was leaving Martin St. Louis off the roster. St. Louis plays for Yzerman with the Tampa Bay Lightning and is the reigning Art Ross Trophy winner, who is in the midst of another fine season, even after his regular linemate, Steven Stamkos got injured.

Yzerman acknowledged that leaving St. Louis off the team was "personally, a very difficult decision. Honestly, regardless of whether I'm with the Tampa organization or not, he's a tremendous hockey player whose played outstanding hockey for us this year."
Erik Duhatschek

And thru various other websites and social media, the overwhelming "WTF!?!?" over any other player snubbed (Seguin and Hall are close second's) is Marty

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Steve Yzerman phoned Marty St. Louis himself to deliver the bad news about Team Canada. Bob Nicholson handled most of the other tough calls.
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Steve Yzerman clearly struggled with decision not to name Marty St. Louis to Team Canada: "Hopefully we can get through this."
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Probably the hardest choice for Yzerman was leaving off St. Louis off for the second time. Last week MSL told me how badly he wanted this
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Told that Team Canada's roster was finalized late last night. Coach Mike Babcock was involved in final choices.
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I know it's such a tough job picking team Canada but not having St.Louis and Giroux on this team blows my mind #Sochi2014

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Old 01-07-2014, 12:30 PM
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This might be Pollyanna, but what if Yzerman is milking the situation for all it's worth? Make Marty angry and motivated by the snub, knowing that he'll make the team when someone inevitably is injured (maybe even Stamkos not being fully ready). It might very well be that St. Louis is the first alternate, and you know someone will be hurt by the time the Olympics begin ... or maybe I'm reaching.
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Old 01-07-2014, 01:10 PM
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Rumors now swirling that Yzermin removed himself from the MSL decision, allowing the other staff to decide if he made it or not.
As he should of.. not fair for him to be involved when he has such personal ties to it. That said.. Marty not making the team is a joke.
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Old 01-07-2014, 01:14 PM
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As he should of.. not fair for him to be involved when he has such personal ties to it. That said.. Marty not making the team is a joke.
If that is the case then did he others on the committee that had ties to others teams do the same? No. This is pure chicken crap on Yzerman's part.

Makes me hope even more now that Stamkos would use those 2 weeks to give his leg a little more time.

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Either way it doesn't look good on SY..
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