Thread: WC: Roster Talk '11 USA
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04-01-2011, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by William H Bonney View Post
Connolly didn't participate that year because he had been playing with a torn labrum in his hip and had surgery that off-season. He had a legitimate reason for declining. I don't think he was blacklisted by Burke and co. for it, I just don't think they were big fans of his game. They preferred Stastny in the offensive center role, Kesler and Pavelski in the two-way roles, and Drury as the shutdown guy. Connolly just fell in with a guy like Gomez. He had to nab one of the Top 2 spots or he wouldn't be there. Neither guy deserved to be there either.
I didn't know that, I thought I'd read or heard that Connolly was healthy and just said "No thanks." When a dinosaur like Mike Modano got invited to orientation camp over him, I took that as confirmation. Oh well, at least he hasn't done much since then to suggest he belonged.

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