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12-25-2012, 10:35 AM
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NHL lock-out might make this a worthwhile tournament to watch ... not that it isn't already as hockey is hockey and even a peewee game is worthy.

Here is a very brief, top line look at the teams:


Without a doubt, the best team Canada has ever sent to the Spengler Cup. Locked out players Tyler Seguin (Boston, playing in Biel), John Tavares (NYI – Bern), and Jason Spezza (Ottawa – Rapperswil) are all enjoying good seasons in the Swiss NLA and give Canada more offensive options than the team has had in years. On the blue line, locked out players Carlo Colaiacovo (Detroit) and Cam Barker (Edmonton – playing in AHL this season with Texas) make their way over from North America to boost a seasoned Swiss NLA contingent that features Travis Roche (Bern) and Micki Dupont (Kloten). San Jose's Jason Demers is playing in Finland and has also joined Canada for the tournament. This is all capped by the presence of locked out Edmonton left winger Ryan Smyth. There is barely a team with a Canadian flag on it that the veteran forward hasn't been named to – World Junior (1995), 8 World Championships, two Olympic Games and one World Cup. If there is a player worthy of being billed as “Captain Canada,” it's Smyth.

HC Davos

The host club are also the defending champions. They're not having a great season in the Swiss NLA – ...


This is the top team in the Swiss league right now. They are led offensively by ...


This team is in ninth place in the 14 team Czech Extraliga and will be in tough this year. Of all the teams in the tournament, the Steel have probably benefitted least from the NHL lockout. ...

Salavat Yulaev Ufa

Any team from the KHL is going to be competitive. It's the second best pro league in the world, after all. ...


This team is the best in the German DEL right now - ...
Enjoy it. We may never see a Spengler Cup like this one again.


Desjardins estimates that about 40% of the game is captured by Corsi analysis.
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