ROCKING THE MAPLE LEAF IN MINSK?!?!?!?

Lowetide
March 26 2014 07:23PM

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Canada's management group for this year's World Hockey Championships have been named. The tournament will go in Minsk (Belarus) in May. Rob Blake is the GM this year, with Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers, Brad Treliving of the Phoenix Coyotes and Brad Pascall of Hockey Canada helping him out.

If called, will Taylor Hall go? Should he go?

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Article details, including the possibility of having Ralph Krueger as Team Canada coach,are here.


HOW MANY OILER FORWARDS WOULD MAKE THE TEAM?


If the season ended today, Blake would have the following forwards to consider:

  1. Taylor Hall (Edmonton)
  2. Jordan Eberle (Edmonton)
  3. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton)
  4. David Perron (Edmonton)
  5. Boyd Gordon (Edmonton)
  6. Mike Cammalleri (Calgary)
  7. Sean Monahan (Calgary)
  8. Matt Stajan (Calgary)
  9. Curtis Glencross (Calgary)
  10. Bryan Little (Winnipeg)
  11. Andrew Ladd (Winnipeg)
  12. Evander Kane (Winnipeg)
  13. Mike Fisher (Nashville)
  14. Tyler Seguin (Dallas)
  15. Jamie Benn (Dallas)
  16. Alex Chiasson (Dallas)
  17. Ryan Garbutt (Dallas)
  18. Tyler Ennis (Buffalo)
  19. Cody Hodgson (Buffalo)
  20. Drew Stafford (Buffalo)
  21. Chris Stewart (Buffalo)
  22. Scottie Upshall (Florida)
  23. Brad Boyes (Florida)
  24. Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida)
  25. Josh Bailey (NY Islanders)
  26. Eric Staal (Carolina)
  27. Jordan Staal (Carolina)
  28. Jeff Skinner (Carolina)
  29. Jason Spezza (Ottawa)
  30. Kyle Turris (Ottawa)
  31. Zack Smith (Ottawa)
  32. Clarke MacArthur (Ottawa)
  33. Adam Henrique (New Jersey)
  34. Travis Zajac (New Jersey)
  35. Michael Ryder (New Jersey)
  36. Nazem Kadri (Toronto)
  37. Tyler Bozak (Toronto)
  38. Dave Bolland (Toronto)
  39. Joffrey Lupul (Toronto)
  40. Mason Raymond (Toronto)
  41. David Clarkson (Toronto)
  42. Joel Ward (Washington)
  43. Troy Brouwer (Washington)
  44. Dustin Penner (Washington)
  45. Eric Fehr (Washington)

Assuming 15 forwards go, my team would be the following (alpha order):

  • Center: Cammalleri, Henrique, Nugent-Hopkins, Spezza, E Staal
  • Left Wing: Benn, Hall, Kane, Ladd, MacArthur
  • Right Wing: Eberle, Perron, Seguin, Turris, Zajac

Agree? Disagree? I'm taking four Oiler forwards out of 15, that's clearly a bias—but its my team. I'd love to see your list (this is damn hard by the way, I almost had to tell baby Nuge he's staying home).

Hall makes my team without a throw. Eberle too, and how on earth do you keep Perron off the team? I would have Gordon playing mega-minutes on the PK and taking the tough and late zone draws, but had to leave him behind. 

SHOULD HE GO?

SCOTT

Yes. Even if Lindy Ruff is the coach, Hall should go. It would be a chance for him to end the season on a positive, and play on a strong team with some real competition for playing time and to showcase his exceptional talent.

Agree?



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#1 Spydyr
March 26 2014, 08:41PM
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What no consideration for Eakins as coach?

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#2 BobbyO
March 26 2014, 09:00PM
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Why did so many Oilers make your list? Do you not want Canada to win?

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#3 GCW
March 26 2014, 09:14PM
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Now, it would be too funny if Krueger gets named head coach and a line of Hall - RNH - Eberle rocks the joint while playing for him.

A little poetic justice and perhaps give MacT a few more grey hairs at the same time!

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#4 Spydyr
March 26 2014, 07:34PM
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Every Oiler not injured should go play for his country if called upon.You never know one day they may have to play in May for the Oilers.The experience can do nothing but help a player.

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#5 hockey fan 1976
March 26 2014, 07:56PM
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Am assuming back-checking and playing good D isn't a requirement to play on the Worlds Team if you are taking 4 Oilers? Got it!

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#6 David S
March 26 2014, 08:45PM
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Spydyr wrote:

What no consideration for Eakins as coach?

BAH-HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

Good one man!

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#7 DrunkGuyTy
March 26 2014, 09:01PM
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Perron. Then Hall. The other 2 don't deserve it this year.

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#8 Jonathan Willis
March 26 2014, 07:40PM
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I really like the idea of an Oilers line for Team Canada at the World Championships; it'd be a nice chance for Hall, Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle (Perron could sub in for a guy like Eberle if he's too banged up to go) to maybe have some success together.

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#9 Serious Gord
March 26 2014, 07:39PM
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Go. It's the only top level team he's going to play one for a long time.

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#10 Al Low
March 26 2014, 09:17PM
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It would be especially beneficial for Eberle to go to try and pump up his trade value for the draft. 6Rings and MacT need to give up this pipedream they have of this group somehow figuring it out. Top 6 should have Hall, Perron and Yakupov next year. Gagner and Eberle need to be swapped out and honestly if the right return is there for Nugent-Hopkins, it should be considered.

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#11 RigPig69
March 26 2014, 08:14PM
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The ONLY player that belongs in the WC for Canada is Perron. Hall's piss poor attitude isn't just something only Edmontonians know about. Hockey minds everywhere (the sane ones at least) have taken notice and I would be shocked to the highest degree if more than just Perron made Team Canada.

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#12 Craig1981
March 26 2014, 07:32PM
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Hall is the easy, no questions asked with this guy (along with Spezza and Benn)

An argument could be made for/against other Oilers, but Hall is a no-brainer.

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#13 15w40
March 26 2014, 08:25PM
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Hall and that is all. Maybe Perron - nobody else makes it from the Oilers

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#14 Wintoon
March 27 2014, 06:17AM
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People seem to have totally lost perspective when looking at the Oiler players. Please remember they have been sewer dwellers for years, are playing for the 29th place team and are all very young. Given the foregoing, the only player who should even be considered by Blake is Taylor Hall. He is quite simply a very good hockey player.

All those who are suggesting Eberle, Perron and Nuge should be on the team are delusional. Let me repeat, the Oilers are the 29th place team and have been in the sewer forever. Suggesting the locals might have a 'slight bias' in favor of Oiler players is a massive understatement. Quite simply you have drunk the Kool Aid, put on your rose tinted spectacles and had a brain cramp all at the same time. Remember, the Oilers are the 29th place team and they have earned that with their play this year.

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#15 Quicksilver ballet
March 26 2014, 07:42PM
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If Lindy Ruff has any say, it could have a huge impact on this lineup. Ruff could be added a day after the Stars are eliminated/don't make the post season. Even in a B tournament like this. Their only chance could be if Krueger goes to bat for these guys.

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#16 RexHolez
March 26 2014, 09:15PM
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id rather no oilers go play for Canada and see what a well managed, well coached, well executed team looks like. it'll just make their trade requests come sooner.

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#17 CSUNlovesOilers
March 26 2014, 07:37PM
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Just make sure the bench is clear of water bottles and towels in Minsk before another war takes place

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#18 Saytalk
March 26 2014, 08:58PM
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Of course Hall should go. It will help his development to play for an organization with competent coaching, even if it means they will bench him and hold him accountable for toe drags and brutal giveaways. At some point he will figure it out.

Remind me again what the point of this tournament is?

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#19 PutzStew
March 26 2014, 09:24PM
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Lowetide wrote:

I actually found the process maddening. I did my list, had four Oilersn and thought 'that's too many' and then went back and cut it down to two (Hall, Eberle).

Then I thought about Nugent-Hopkins range of skills, and Perron's season, and went with four. And I wanted Gordon on the team, too.

My question is this though. Is RNH thought of highly enough to beat out Spezza, Seguin, Stall or Stall for a spot at center. And yes Seguin is center...he centers Benn for the stars.

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#20 Chainsawz
March 27 2014, 08:51AM
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Lines (L-C-R):

Benn - Staal - Seguin, Hall - Spezza - Little, Camms - Bozak - Lupul, Kane - Henrique - Ladd

Tag alongs:

Monahan, Ennis, Chaisson

No Nuge, no Perron, and no Eberle if all those players are avaiable. I know this is an Oiler fan site but this is the reality of where these players are.

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#21 Craig1981
March 26 2014, 07:39PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Did I miss it or did no one write about when the Oilers were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs this year.We all know they were out of the playoff hunt by Halloween but when did they get mathematically eliminated,I'm guessing when the Sharks clinched a playoff birth before the last Oiler game.

I think we were "mathematically eliminated" when out starting goalie had a .878 SV% after nine games and our backup had .870 SV%

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#23 Craig1981
March 26 2014, 07:58PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

If Lindy Ruff has any say, it could have a huge impact on this lineup. Ruff could be added a day after the Stars are eliminated/don't make the post season. Even in a B tournament like this. Their only chance could be if Krueger goes to bat for these guys.

Just because a coach benches a young player for a period, doesn't mean he doesn't like him. And sure he put Hall on the "4th line" but he was with J Staal and Skinner, not exactly burying him. Hall is a talent and Lindy Ruff knows that.

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#24 darn it!
March 26 2014, 08:59PM
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I think all the oilers should go so they can extend the 7 month vacation they've had

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#25 geeker99
March 26 2014, 09:48PM
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Eberle banged up? Unless he gets hit buy a puck. comical

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#26 John
March 27 2014, 04:50AM
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HAHAHA.....i see we r still over valuing our 'stars'

RNH.....has played just short of awful.....eberle the same

hall yes and perron yes......the others?......Nyet commrade!

ps.....hall will not be bored in Minsk.....its babe-ilicious there....DA!

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#27 Spydyr
March 26 2014, 07:32PM
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Did I miss it or did no one write about when the Oilers were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs this year.We all know they were out of the playoff hunt by Halloween but when did they get mathematically eliminated,I'm guessing when the Sharks clinched a playoff birth before the last Oiler game.

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#28 shaun
March 26 2014, 10:05PM
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Idont know what the problem is, since half the league would love to have the oilers roster shouldnt all the Oilers that are canadian make the team?

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#29 Dog Train
March 26 2014, 09:04PM
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I would have Hall and Perron on the team. Anybody who is mostly healthy and who gets the invite should go. They should get used to the idea of playing hockey in May, even that is only a pipe dream in Edmonton these days.

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#30 Guy Lafleur
March 26 2014, 07:33PM
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No he should go decompress and get his head straight for next year the most important season possibly in franchise history .

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#31 sheldon
March 26 2014, 09:41PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

ha! wouldn't that make a funny story, Krueger coach, brings hall, ebs and nuge. I could just imagine the headline if that line played even moderately good.

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#32 dougtheslug
March 26 2014, 11:46PM
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Note from The Coach's Desk:

I'm tired of reading that I haven't coached my stars like Taylor to be more responsible hockey players. Let me set the record straight:

1. It was Gatorade, not water. A little water NEVER bothers me. But Gatorade is another thing altogether.

2. You want accountability? Not only did I make Taylor one hundred percent responsible for my dry cleaning bill, I put him charge of a committee to purchase new spill proof water bottles.

3.I want my players to look out for each other. So to show what I mean, I slipped Bucky's suit jacket onto my dry cleaning pile. Now that's taking care of your bros! Taylor, if you're reading this, the jokes on you!

Signed, Dallas

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#33 Quicksilver ballet
March 26 2014, 08:19PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Just because a coach benches a young player for a period, doesn't mean he doesn't like him. And sure he put Hall on the "4th line" but he was with J Staal and Skinner, not exactly burying him. Hall is a talent and Lindy Ruff knows that.

You could be right. Might actually confirm for Taylor his situation could just be an Edmonton problem, rather than the normal struggles of a young team. The grass could be greener on the other side.

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#34 Smokey
March 26 2014, 10:17PM
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Maybe Belarus will be annexed by Mother Russia by then and it won't matter.

I think the kids should stay home. Keep them healthy. Its a bad tourny of the Olympics anyways with college players and tier two pros, so theres no point. The Oilbabies might get Tavaresed and with our luck we Gagner will get hurt and we will not be able to dump that albatros.

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#35 Reg Dunlop
March 26 2014, 10:22PM
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geeker99 wrote:

Eberle banged up? Unless he gets hit buy a puck. comical

Maybe that guy butting in line at the movies finally had enough of Ebs crap and gave him the hairy side.

As for the Worlds, maybe Hall but Ebs? Nuge? Come on, get real. Gordon is far more likely.

If Hall goes, are there any babes in Minsk? Don't want to see him get bored.

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#36 Walter Sobchak
March 26 2014, 10:53PM
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I don't want to talk about the WHC for the next ten years!!

Tournament of the damned!

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#37 Rdubb
March 27 2014, 07:20AM
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I am a firm believer that if you're asked to play for Canada, you should go, unless an injury is hampering you, or, unless of a major personal reason, such as having a baby or getting married, or if your wife is having some sort of major surgery and you're needed to help look after her and the kids, & if these reasons aren't on the list, GO!!!! Play, learn to win...See how different pro's get ready for games and so on, especially if you're a younger player in the league...and if you're an older guy, well, then it just may be your last time that your asked to play & represent Hockey Canada.... just a thought

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#38 kale
March 26 2014, 08:57PM
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After the olympics sports Illustrated did an article about hockey at the Olympics and how dominant Canada was. They said that if the IOC wants the best players at the Olympics that Canada should be allowed to ice two hockey teams. Looking at the list and also players that didnt make the team like Giroux, they have a good point

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#39 D
March 26 2014, 07:54PM
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He probably should go. But he could also send a strong message that he's philosophically opposed to going to the tournament because it signifies that the "professional" organization for which he works is a loser. In other words "I don't want to be the next Captain Canada because I had the misfortune of being drafted by the same team as Ryan Smyth."

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#40 Old Timer
March 26 2014, 09:00PM
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When they play as a line, Hall, Nuge and Ebs are dynamic. They cycle the puck down low, create havoc in the other teams end and are more than a handful for even the best defensemen. When they are separated, as Eakins is prone to do, only Hall is a threat. They need to take all 3 as a line and Perron would be a nice addition also.

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#41 Retsinnab5
March 26 2014, 10:04PM
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My 15 forwards

Benn-Spezza-Seguin

Hall-Staal-Ebs

Kane-Nuge-Perron

Ladd-Cammalleri-Zajac

Skinner-Bozak-Turris

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#42 Shifty203
March 26 2014, 10:23PM
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Perron for sure.

I don't see Hall beating out the other guys. If they only want his offence, then sure. But the other players are too well rounded for Hall to beat yet. If I was building the team, he might come as a spare.

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#43 Me
March 27 2014, 06:21AM
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Ukraine = No World Championships in "USSR".

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#44 Jay from YYC
March 27 2014, 10:37AM
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Wintoon wrote:

People seem to have totally lost perspective when looking at the Oiler players. Please remember they have been sewer dwellers for years, are playing for the 29th place team and are all very young. Given the foregoing, the only player who should even be considered by Blake is Taylor Hall. He is quite simply a very good hockey player.

All those who are suggesting Eberle, Perron and Nuge should be on the team are delusional. Let me repeat, the Oilers are the 29th place team and have been in the sewer forever. Suggesting the locals might have a 'slight bias' in favor of Oiler players is a massive understatement. Quite simply you have drunk the Kool Aid, put on your rose tinted spectacles and had a brain cramp all at the same time. Remember, the Oilers are the 29th place team and they have earned that with their play this year.

Sorry, what place are the Oilers?

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#45 Jay from YYC
March 27 2014, 11:01AM
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I say Hall goes.

A lot of good players with character have potential of going to play (if they accept). Having some experienced leadership around the room will likely hold him accountable for his gameplay & being around other stars might humble him and help him grow in preparation for next years pivotal season.

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#46 Jay
March 26 2014, 07:37PM
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I thought byfuglien was American. So why is he considered as one of the forwards for Canada? If he is, we should definitely take him.

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#47 Britts94
March 26 2014, 09:27PM
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Jay wrote:

I thought byfuglien was American. So why is he considered as one of the forwards for Canada? If he is, we should definitely take him.

Where is Byfuglien on the list? No where. He's American. I'm actually kind of suprised he wasn't on Team USA at the Olympics this year.

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#48 JSR
March 26 2014, 09:32PM
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I think it would be best for all of the Oilers to say no to Team Canada this time around, as losing takes its toll on players more than people think. Get away from hockey for 3 months and recharge the batteries...they need everyone fresh for October.

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#49 Spoils
March 26 2014, 08:05PM
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I think they should bring back the Canada Cup every 2nd non Olympic year ie 2016 - 2020. I think Canada should field 2 teams for the Canada Cup. I would have Hall on Team Canada 1.

More great hockey please.

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#50 toprightcorner
March 27 2014, 01:02AM
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If Kreuger is the coach and the Oiler players play out of this world is there a chance the Oilers would bring him back as an assistant coach or even associateÉ I would prefer an associate coach hav e lots of NHL head coaching expirience and Krueger would be great in charge of special teams and be the go to players coach for communication.

Not a fan of recycling coaches but I think Kreuger had a bit of stuff that the team could use.

If not that over pay Huddy to come back, best assistant coach her in last 20 years and overpay another top quality assistant coach with lots of expirience preferableso head coaching expirience.

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