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

RossCreekNation
December 27 2009 10:04PM

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!!

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#1 Muji 狗
December 27 2009, 10:35PM
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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.

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#2 sitting-at-my-desk
December 27 2009, 10:55PM
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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

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#3 misfit
December 28 2009, 01:17AM
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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

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#4 misfit
December 28 2009, 01:21AM
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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.

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#5 Hemmertime
December 28 2009, 02:27AM
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"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!

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#6 SirFozz
December 28 2009, 08:30AM
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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.

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#7 dragon
December 28 2009, 09:34AM
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Heatley-Thornton-Marleau Staal-Crosby-Nash Iggy-Getzlaf-Perry Morrow-Toews-Sharp B.Richards

Boyle-Neids Keith-Swabrook Regher-JBo Weber

Brodeur Luongo Fleury

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#8 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
December 28 2009, 09:38AM
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dragon wrote:

Heatley-Thornton-Marleau Staal-Crosby-Nash Iggy-Getzlaf-Perry Morrow-Toews-Sharp B.Richards

Boyle-Neids Keith-Swabrook Regher-JBo Weber

Brodeur Luongo Fleury

regher over the human rake?

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#9 dragon
December 28 2009, 10:16AM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

regher over the human rake?

I don't like what The Rake brought to the Flyers this season...or in 2006 Olympics. Less question marks the better, imo.

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#11 Horcsky
December 28 2009, 12:01PM
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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

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#12 Horcsky
December 28 2009, 12:19PM
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When does team USA name their roster? I can't wait to ridicule it!

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#13 Horcsky
December 28 2009, 12:25PM
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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!

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#15 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 28 2009, 12:44PM
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289. Team Discovery Channel 482 -37

270. RossCreek Renegades 483 -36

Oh RossCreek. It is so on.

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#18 Horcsky
December 28 2009, 12:50PM
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@RossCreekNation

But for the love of God, how is USA supposed to win without American superstars like Chelios and Barasso?! How I ask you!

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#19 John B
December 28 2009, 04:29PM
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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

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#20 Mouse
December 29 2009, 09:35AM
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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.

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