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11-01-2012, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by marchbrown View Post
These are very good points which other posters are ignoring. Most of the European teams' North American player quotas have already been filled, and those few places still available will likely (because of the expense of insurance) be filled with relatively inexpensive NHL players that neither Canada nor the U.S. would want to consider for international play. So where will the best North American players get the playing time to prepare for the WC?

How effective would North American players, most of whom wouldn't have played a real game in a year, be against European teams made up of NHL players who have played into game shape AND become comfortable on the big ice?
Yep, it's a potentially interesting situation. If for instance Crosby does not play competitive hockey at all, does HC leave him home instead of guys like Spezza/Thornton who are playing in Europe but may be longshots for the Olympics?

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