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11-18-2012, 04:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Yakushev72 View Post
Of course his career will go on, but he is smart enough to know that he will be expected to be the difference between Gold or less, and if it should end up being less, his hockey reputation will be diminished. Call it the Yakupov factor. Everybody on the Russian side expected Yakupov to take the team on his shoulders and be the difference between winning or losing the SSS. Russian won, but with far less contribution from Yakupov than was expected. On the HF Boards, Yakupov has gotten nothing but criticism despite Russia's having won.

Take a look back at the posts on threads related to Canada and the 2013 WJC to get a measure of the expectations of fandom. How many assert that Canada will win based on the presence of Nugent-Hopkins? I think you'll find that to be a predominant theme. He is aware that if Canada loses, there will be more than a few who blame him for an unexpected result. I hope he does go, because I have never seen him play, but I'll be surprised if he does, "elite athlete" or not, because there are a number of good reasons not to.
I don't think Canada will win or lose based on the presence/absence of RNH. I've told you countless times already, 1 player missing I can live with...7-8 elite players missing because their NHL teams didn't feel it necessary to release is quite another matter.



And the only posts I've noticed are from rabid Edmontonians who feel the World Junior Championship is a waste of time for RNH. Most fans, posters post as I do, if it's a full lockout team, then Canada has a strong shot at a gold medal, I'd say favorite to win...now you may not like that, you may not agree with that...I don't give a ****.. you know already my prediction for the WJHC in Ufa should the lockout drag on.. I'm not going to change it unless injuries sideline players or HC makes a few roster selections that are questionable. (which they have a tendency in doing). I'll be around making my predictions once the roster is set.

And there are no good reasons not to go, there are only reasons. We'll see in a few weeks. The list for camp gets released in two weeks, he has to attend camp, it's against HC policy to fly in players before teams depart.

And the distance from Moscow to Ufa is 1300 k approximately. The same as it is from Toronto to Thunder Bay. That's nothing. Canadians can drive that in their sleep. We are use to such large expanses.


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