OLYMPIC FEVER’S UPON US: RUSSIA, SWEDEN NAME ROSTERS

With the Olympics just under seven weeks away, Russia and Sweden have named their respective Ice Hockey rosters, while we Canadians patiently wait until Wednesday at 10:00 am (MT) for Steve Yzerman and company to announce our roster. With months of speculation behind us, we have but a few more days to come up with our own versions of Team Canada. Before I lay out my ‘team of the day’, let’s take a look at what the Russian & Swedish teams have to offer.

RUSSIAN VODKA

After losing the bronze medal game to the Czech Republic at the 2006 Olympics in Italy, the Russians enter these Olympics as Canada’s biggest threat. Made up of player’s playing in the NHL and the KHL, here’s what their roster will look like in Vancouver…

FORWARDS

Maxim Afinogenov (ATL), Pavel Datsyuk (DET), Sergei Fedorov (KHL), Ilya Kovalchuk (ATL), Viktor Kozlov (KHL), Evgeni Malkin (PIT), Aleksey Morozov (KHL), Alex Ovechkin (WSH), Alexander Radulov (KHL), Alexander Semin (WSH), Danis Zaripov (KHL), Sergei Zinoviev (KHL)

DEFENCE

Sergei Gonchar (PIT), Denis Grebeshkov (EDM), Dmitri Kalinin (KHL), Konstantin Korneyev (KHL), Andrei Markov (MTL), Ilya Nikulin (KHL), Fedor Tyutin (CBJ), Anton Volchenkov (OTT)

GOAL

Ilya Bryzgalov (PHX), Evgeni Nabokov (SJ), Semyon Varlamov (WSH)

Some notable players not named to the squad… Alexei Kovalev, Alexei Yashin, Nikolai Zherdev and injured Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

SWEDISH MEATBALLS

In an effort to defend their gold medal victory of 2006 in Turin, the Swedes have elected to go with a primarily veteran lineup, including 13 members off that ’06 roster and 19 active NHLers. Without ’06 captain Mats Sundin, this years version will be captained by Detroit defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom. Here’s a look at their roster…

FORWARDS

Daniel Alfredsson (OTT), Nicklas Backstrom (WSH), Loui Eriksson (DAL), Peter Forsberg (SEL), Tomas Holmstrom (DET), Patric Hornqvist (NSH), Fredrik Modin (CBJ), Samuel Pahlsson (CBJ), Daniel Sedin (VAN), Henrik Sedin (VAN), Mattias Weinhandl (KHL), Henrik Zetterberg (DET)

DEFENCE

Tobias Enstrom (ATL), Magnus Johansson (SEL), Niklas Kronwall (DET), Nicklas Lidstrom (DET), Douglas Murray (SJ), Johnny Oduya (NJ), Henrik Tallinder (BUF), Mattias Ohlund (TB)

GOAL

Jonas Gustavsson (TOR), Stefan Liv (SEL), Henrik Lundquist (NYR)

Without injured Detroit forward Johan Franzen, the biggest surprise to me is the exclusion of Canucks forward Mikael Samuelsson who was a part of the ’06 squad, and the inclusion of oft-injured Columbus winger Fredrik Modin (although he was also a member of the ’06 team).

CANADIAN BACON

Here in Canada, there will be no less than 3,072,634 TV networks airing the 10:00 announcement of the roster Wednesday morning. CTV, TSN, Rogers Sportsnet & NHL Network are just a few of the networks set to air the special broadcast (along with The FAN 960 in Calgary). With TSN & Sportsnet coming together for the Olympics, we’ll get to see a "dream team" of experts come together as host Brian Williams will be joined by the likes of Daren Millard, Gord Miller, Pierre McGuire, Nick Kypreos, James Duthie, Bob McKenzie, Dave Hodge and I’m sure a slew of others.

MY TEAM

With everyone and their dog picking a roster these days, I’ll now take my ~esteemed~ turn.

FORWARDS

E. Staal-Crosby-Iginla

Marleau-Thornton-Heatley

Nash-Getzlaf-Perry

Morrow-Toews-St. Louis

B. Richards

DEFENCE

Pronger-Niedermeyer

Weber-Bouwmeester

Seabrook-Keith

Boyle

GOAL

Brodeur

Luongo

Fleury

Now I’m not so much set on the line combos/defence pairings, but that’s how I feel at the moment. Of course, I reserve the right to change my mind and/or bash Hockey Canada if they lose even if they pick my exact roster. With names like Lecavalier, M. Richards, Carter, Smyth, Fisher, Bergeron, Doan, J. Staal, Stamkos, Doughty, Phaneuf & Green (just to name a few) also in the mix, Team Canada’s roster could look a bit different than mine. One thing is for certain… Canada will not have a repeat performance of 2006 and finish 7th… right?

 

I showed you mine, now you show me yours. What does YOUR Team Canada look like?

NOW BRING ON THE GOLD!!

  • Muji 狗

    From TSN.ca:
    Another notable absentee is Vancouver's Mikael Samuelsson, who pulled no punches in discussing the snub.
    "Probably going to get in trouble for this, but they can go (expletive deleted) themselves," was his reaction following the Canucks win over Calgary Sunday night.

    Here's my Team Canada:
    Heatley-Thornton-Marleau
    Nash-Crosby-Iggy
    Penner-Getzlaf-Perry
    Morrow-B.Richards-St.Louis
    Fisher

    Pronger-Neids
    Keith-Green
    Boyle-Weber
    JayBo

    Brodeur
    Luongo
    Fleury

    Penner won't be picked tho.

  • Horcsky

    Here's my Team Canada:

    Nash-Crosby-Iggy

    Heatley-Thornton-Marleau

    E.Staal-Getzlaf-Perry

    Lucic-M.Richards-St.Louis

    Toews

    Pronger-Neidermayer

    Keith-Seabrook

    Boyle-Weber

    JayBo

    Brodeur

    Luongo

    Fleury

  • misfit

    Nash – Crosby – Iginla
    Heatley – Thornton – St.Louis
    B.Ricahrds – Getzlaf – Perry
    Morrow – M.Richards – Sharp
    Marleau

    Bouwmeester – Weber
    Niedermayer – Boyle
    Keith – Seabrook
    Green

    Brodeur
    Luongo
    Ward

    …And just for kicks, Team Canada 2: The leftovers

    Smyth – Lecavalier – Doan
    Cammalleri – Staal – Bergeron
    Hartnell – Toews – Carter
    Penner – Fisher – Armstrong
    Savard

    Hamhuis – Pronger
    Phaneuf – Regehr
    Souray – Doughty
    Burns

    Giguere
    Fleury
    Price

  • misfit

    how come my lines came out all F'd up?

    I swear, I've never had more trouble posting on a message board or comments section in a blog than I have on this site.

  • Hemmertime

    "Probably going to get in trouble for this, but they can go (expletive deleted) themselves," was his reaction following the Canucks win over Calgary Sunday night.

    Me and my 23 pts deserve a spot!

  • Dream Team?!? Nothing that includes McQuire and Kypreos should be called that. Who's next, MacLean? Dear god.

    GOTEAMCANADAMENSOLYMPICHOCKEYTEAM!!!

    Ok, that needs work.

    Are we having GDB's for the Olypics? We should.

  • Dream Team?!? Nothing that includes McQuire and Kypreos should be called that. Who's next, MacLean? Dear god.

    GOTEAMCANADAMENSOLYMPICHOCKEYTEAM!!!

    Ok, that needs work.

    Are we having GDB's for the Olympics? We should.

  • Horcsky

    Nash – Crosby – Iginla

    Heatley – Thornton – Marleau

    B. Richards – Getzlaf – St. Louis

    Staal – M. Richards – Morrow

    Toews

    Pronger – Boyle

    Green – Niedermeyer

    Keith – Weber

    Beauchemin

    Brodeur

    Luongo

    Fleury

  • Horcsky

    On second thought. Here's my USA projected terrible lineup:

    Guerin – Modano – Amonte

    Roenick – Weight – Langenbrunner

    Blake – Tkachuk – Gionta

    Cole – Drury – Grier

    Schnieder – Chelios

    Poti – Mara

    Housley – Leetch

    Vanbiesbrouk, Richter, Barasso

    That lineup is puuuurrrree booyah!

    • Here's a list of USA hopeful's…

      Forwards: David Backes, David Booth, Dustin Brown, Dustin Byfuglien, Ryan Callahan, Tim Connolly, Chris Drury, Brian Gionta, Scott Gomez, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, Mike Knuble, Jamie Langenbrunner, Ryan Malone, Mike Modano, Kyle Okposo, T.J. Oshie, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Jason Pominville, Bobby Ryan, Paul Stastny, James vanRiemsdyk

      Defencemen: Zach Bogosian, Tom Gilbert, Tim Gleason, Ron Hainsey, Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson, Mike Komisarek, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik, Brian Rafalski, Rob Scuderi, Ryan Suter, Ryan Whitney

      Goaltenders: Craig Anderson, Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick, Tim Thomas

  • Dec 28, 2009

    "F"

    nash (L) crosby (L) iginla (R)

    b. richards (L) getzlaf (R) perry (R)

    marleau (L) thornton (L) heatley (L)

    j. staal (L) m. richards (L) fisher (R)

    toews (L)

    "D"

    niedermayer (L) weber (R)

    pronger (L) boyle (R)

    keith (L) doughty (R) Yes, he's ready NOW!
    Pudgy faced D-Man is just 20 but
    he's got it all and is low risk too.
    bouwmeester (L)

    "G"

    brodeur luongo fleury

  • Mouse

    Iggy – Crosby – Nash
    Heatly – Thornton – B. Richards
    St Louis – Getz – Perry
    Doan – M. Richards – Morrow
    Toews

    Pronger – Nieds
    Weber – JayBo
    Boyle – Keith
    Doughty

    Staal hasn't done enough this year and Stamkos has cooled down which is a shame. Marleau & Vinny are the odd men out. Brad Richards really came back this year and would be hard to leave him off, but look for Stamkos if he doesn't make it.

    I like Sharp, he could get in for Morrow or Doan, although they have the experience that Steve Y likes. Sharp & Richards would be some kind of wicked shut down forwards and on PK.

    Wouldn't be surprised if Green usurped Doughty as well (they are similar players), but Doughty is the real deal and they might be thinking about the mistakes of Turin.