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Brian Burke Ruins Team USA

Brian Burke was charged with the task of building an American team that could contend with Canada and Russian for an Olympic Gold Medal. And despite having all the tools to do so at his disposal, he put together one of the saddest excuses for an Olympic team I've ever seen. I'm almost at a loss for words looking at team USA's roster. General Manager Brian Burke says that he had to pick specialty players to be able to compete with Canada and Russia. He says that he tried to build a tough and rugged team, but the roster he revealed after this afternoon's Winter Classic is almost mind-bogglingly bad. There are the obvious picks, some Burke picks you knew he was going to make, but...

New Poll: Who should have been on Team Canada?

With yesterday's announcement of Team Canada in 2010, some of us may have been left scratching our heads about some of the selections (or non-selections). Now it's your turn to tell us who you thought should have been on Team Canada that was left off the team. Click here to vote! Was it center Brad Richards, who, surprisingly, is 3rd amongast Canadian scorers in the league with 10 goals and 34 assists for Dallas? Was it winger Martin St. Louis, who may be small, but still has 44 points, the same as Richards? Both have Olympic and World Championship experience, not to mention Stanley Cup rings. Was it maybe St. Louis's teammates Steven Stamkos (21 goals, 37 points as a sophomore)...

Sweden Unveils Olympic Roster

Sweden unveiled their mostly Veteran-laced line-up today, for next February's Olympic tournament. Their seemingly stacked roster contains mostly NHL names, including former NHL superstar and very controversial center Peter Forsberg, who along with Mattias Ohlund, Daniel Alfredsson and captain Nicklas Lidstrom, will appear in his 4th Olympic tournament. Lidstrom was the obvious choice for captain, as the only European captain to ever win a Stanley Cup. And despite the leadership of such big names as Alfredsson, Zetterberg, Forsberg or the Sedins, he will be a good leader for his country. The Swedish roster is laced with 13 members of the 2006 Torino team that won gold. However...

Russia Unveils Olympic Roster

Since Christmas only comes in about a week and a half in Russia, General Manager Vladislav Tretiak and head coach Vyacheslav Bykov took it upon themselves to unveil their roster for the upcoming Vancouver Olympic men's hockey tournament. 15 NHLers figure amongst the 23 man roster. Russia has strength in each position and while we many not know a lot of their KHL players that aren't amongst the NHL ranks, they could certainly end up figuring into the starting line-up during the tournament. Some familiar non-NHL names include Viktor Kozlov and Sergei Federov. Both will be reunited with former Washington teammates Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin. There is a lot of potential Chemi...

My Team USA and Team Canada Rosters

OH CANADA FORWARDS: Dany Heatley – Joe Thornton – Patrick Marleau Rick Nash – Sidney Crosby – Jarome Iginla Brendan Morrow – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry Vincent Lecavalier – Mike Richards – Shane Doan Ex: Eric Staal, Jonathan Toews, Martin St. Louis DL – I think Team Canada’s offense is pretty self-explanatory. You can make some arguments for Steven Stamkos, but I think Morrow and Doan will make the team based on their experience and the leadership they bring. They need those types of players. DEFENSE: Chris Pronger – Scott Neidermayer Dan Boyle – Shea Weber Mike Green – Dion Phaneuf Ex: Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith. DL ...

Fantasy Hockey: Detailed Injury Report - Southeast Division

Today, we take a look at the injuries that have plagued the teams in the Southeast Division. I apologize for the delay in getting this up, but naturally, there was a lot to cover around the league this week, so the 4th instalment of our look at injuries around the league was pushed back. Last Tuesday, we looked at the Central Division, where Detroit is the team that’s hurting the most from its injuries. The day before, we visited with the Northeast Division, where the Montreal Canadiens were reduced to a glorified AHL team before some of their injured players returned this week, leading up to Friday’s centennial game. Sunday night was the first injury report, where...

Fantasy Hockey: Detailed Injury Report - Central Division

Well, the Habs-Leafs game has depressed me enough to turn my attention back to our division-by-division, team-by-team injury round up. We started off with the Northwest Division, a division in which four of the five teams, at one point or another, have been plagued by injuries, to the point where you can correlate slow starts from those teams to their injuries. Next, we visited the Northeast Division, where the Habs were by far the team most affected by injuries in the first two months of the season. The Bruins were a close second, but the Leafs, Sens and Sabres have been mostly immune for the injury bug making its way around the league. Tonight, we take a look at the Centr...

The Man Behind the Mask: Dwayne Roloson

Welcome to the 1st installment of "The Man Behind the Mask" series. Throughout the course of the year, we will be taking a look at the players who mean the most to the game. The Goalies. Our first article will be on none other then New York Islanders goaltender Dwayne Roloson. In 15 games played this season, 40 year old netminder for the Islanders, Dwayne Roloson, has been able to obtain points in all but two of his starts. He has helped the Islanders, currently, to exceed expectations. Although the season is still early and the Islanders still have a lot to prove, Roloson brings a history worth discussing to Long Island. Un-drafted by any National Hockey League team out of college...

Fantasy Hockey: Detailed Injury Report - Northeast Division

Yesterday, we looked at how injuries have affected the Northwest division. We discovered that the Wild, Canucks and the Oilers could potentially be excused for their slow starts, considering all the injuries they’ve accumulated. The Wild and Oilers can pretty much write off their seasons as a result, but the Canucks should start rolling with healthy bodies making their way back into the line-up. The Flames and Avs could very well be sitting in playoff positions right now thanks to their healthy line-ups. Taking this information, and knowing that injuries, or lack thereof, could be at the very least considered when talking about team performance, how will injuries apply to the No...

Fantasy Hockey: Detailed Injury Report - Northwest Division

We've all heard of the insane amount of injuries in the league so far this season. From Ovechkin, to Kovalchuk, and many others, a lot of very high profile players have missed time with their respective teams due to injuries, to a degree that has driven fantasy hockey players and NHL fans to near insanity. Many teams have lost important players for significant amounts of time, to the point where it has affected team depth and game results. Anyone will tell you that injuries are no excuse, but there is a limit, even to that argument, when teams have trouble icing complete teams this early in the season, and require emergency call-ups, moving defensemen to forward positions, and ic...