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11-12-2012, 04:59 AM
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Mr Writer
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Originally Posted by RedWings19405 View Post
I still think Hockey Canada's big mistake that year was not taking Riley Sheahan after he had an impressive camp. He would have helped stop the bleeding in Buffalo in my opinion.

Kassian got punted for part of the tournament if I remember right. Bringing that kind of a guy has benefits but also risks. I think Hockey Canada is always in a tough spot, but they have brought this on themselves for not always bringing the most talent. When you lose and that is the case you hear all about it. When they win they talk about the veteran nature and the guys knowing roles.

The real issue for Canada right now for me as an outside observer is their goalies stink usually. They just aren't all that great. It is even starting to show at the highest level. It is a problem they need to address.


Bingo. And HC has begun to address this... but an even better step would be to change the European import rule to 1 per team. Even better would be zero.

HC has begun with centralized summer camps for goaltenders in Calgary. Obviously it's going to take years for anything to materialize.

Beyond that... lets hope a few late bloomers appear on the horizon in short order.

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