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12-07-2012, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by DaveH View Post
Everyone with _some_ hockey knowledge knows Canada has been hit hard. Difference is that when a good Canadian youngster gets stopped from the WJC team, it's because they're playing in the NHL (when there isnt a lockout).

When was the last time an AHL player was forced out of Team Canada to play AHL hockey?
I really don't think you're wrong to suggest had Ziba been Canadian, he'd be playing for Canada. But if you think it's because the Canadian management of this Canadian team is out to weaken Sweden to help Canada...that's lunacy.

If it were the case, it's because the country pretty well stops for this tournament, as annoying as it can be sometimes, the backlash could be immense. They'd probably let him join Canada if he was Canadian, but they probably wouldn't think it's best for him. They'd feel like they have to release him. AS far as RNH goes, he's already been around a PPG in the NHL at 18, the Oilers probably don't care where he's playing over Christmas.

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