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09-13-2009, 03:27 AM
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I would say the top 7 teams all have about an equal shot at a medal. Slovakia will have a great team, but I think it is a stretch to say they have as good a shot at the gold as the top teams.
Yes I agree with your statement.

I feel SVK will be harder to score on than in previous best on best tournaments thanks to improved goaltending and depth on defence. I am a believer that defence wins hockey and these improvements outweigh the increased age and decreased potency of the forwards.

The return of Zigmund Palffy to the national team may provide a morale boost to the team and even some secondary scoring. Likewise bringing young Tatar along and putting him on the fourth line might provide the forwards with a spark.

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09-13-2009, 10:00 AM
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Yes I agree with your statement.

I feel SVK will be harder to score on than in previous best on best tournaments thanks to improved goaltending and depth on defence. I am a believer that defence wins hockey and these improvements outweigh the increased age and decreased potency of the forwards.

The return of Zigmund Palffy to the national team may provide a morale boost to the team and even some secondary scoring. Likewise bringing young Tatar along and putting him on the fourth line might provide the forwards with a spark.
Considering Slovakia won their pool at the last OG, I certainly won't count them out. For the top 7 teams the OG basically comes down to a three game tournament. It would be a bit of an upset if SVK won, but they will definitely have a good enough roster to pull off 3 wins in a row.

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09-14-2009, 02:27 PM
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Canada
Russia
USA
Sweden
Finland
Czech
Slovakia

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09-15-2009, 12:50 AM
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Canada
Russia
USA
Sweden
Finland
Czech
Slovakia
This list means about as much as Tommy Salo's glove hand versus Vladimir Kopat.

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09-17-2009, 01:08 AM
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Russia will have the best team come 2010. I think Canada will win the silver.
I'm in agreement with this one right here

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09-27-2009, 09:11 AM
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I don't see why you guys are fighting about this in the first place. As i see it on paper Canada has the most depth, Russia has the most skill. But then again as it has been proven in the past this means nothing anyone from the top 7 can win it. It's a sudden death afterall and having a better team on paper doesn't mean that much.

I'd rank it like this atm:

1. Canada
2. Russia
3. Sweden
4. USA
5. Finland
6. Czech
7. Slovakia

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09-28-2009, 06:02 AM
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I don't see why you guys are fighting about this in the first place. As i see it on paper Canada has the most depth, Russia has the most skill. But then again as it has been proven in the past this means nothing anyone from the top 7 can win it. It's a sudden death afterall and having a better team on paper doesn't mean that much.

I'd rank it like this atm:

1. Canada
2. Russia
3. Sweden
4. USA
5. Finland
6. Czech
7. Slovakia
Finally someone. Thanks God, the game of hockey is played on the ice and not on forums. I pretty much agree on your list as well. I wouldn't be surprised if Sweden grabs the gold.

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10-16-2009, 04:04 PM
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Russia wins gold, Canada Silver, USA Bronze.

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The U.S.

The Burkey/Wilson combo will bring home the silver.

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10-18-2009, 04:36 PM
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The U.S.

The Burkey/Wilson combo will bring home the silver.
The Burkey/Wilson combo will ensure the US team has pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence. This will make for a performance of Maple Leafesque proportions.

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10-21-2009, 09:10 AM
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Whoever loses between Russia /Canada, although all things being equal theres a reasonable chance some other team will knock one off before the finals. Only four months....*drool*

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10-21-2009, 02:35 PM
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The Burkey/Wilson combo will ensure the US team has pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence. This will make for a performance of Maple Leafesque proportions.


Truculence indeed.

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10-21-2009, 03:40 PM
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Who will play defense for the Russians? Gonchar, Volchenkov and Tyutin aren't exactly great compared to their forwards.
if markov goes they will have a very talented defense.

Gonchar - Markov
Grebeshkov - Zubov
Tyutin - Volchenkov

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10-23-2009, 11:01 AM
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Tim Thomas won the Vezina last year and Ryan Miller is one of the top ten goalies in the NHL.


I would take them before Nabokov/Bryzgalov.
I would take them before Kipper/Lehtonen.
I put them on equal footing with Lundqvist/Backstrom.
I would put them only behind Brodeur/Luongo. And even then, not hugely so.
Backstrom is a Finn, not a Swede. It will be Kipper/Backstrom for Finland. I'd take that over Thomas/Miller, I think the Finns have the best goaltending in this tournament (Rinne as the #3). Sweden will be Lundqvist/Gustafsson. I'd take Thomas/Miller over that. The way Luongo and Brodeur have been playing recently, dating back to last year's playoffs, I'm not sure I wouldn't take Thomas/Miller over that too!

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10-23-2009, 02:51 PM
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Land of Silver. Finland wins it again!

That is not a win...? Why not! We have 9 of those!!!

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Canada B, if it was allowed.

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10-25-2009, 01:21 PM
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Canada B, if it was allowed.
That explains how the A team won something better than it last time around

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10-25-2009, 03:02 PM
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That explains how the A team won something better than it last time around
Ya, maybe the B team could have done better than the A team. Especially in this style of tournament.

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10-25-2009, 03:07 PM
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Ya, maybe the B team could have done better than the A team. Especially in this style of tournament.
Then maybe canada shouldn't send there best players next year? Maybe they'd have a better shot against the other big nations (and switzerland) if they left the big guns out, especially now that the tournament is on canadian soil

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Then maybe canada shouldn't send there best players next year? Maybe they'd have a better shot against the other big nations (and switzerland) if they left the big guns out, especially now that the tournament is on canadian soil
But see with sending both an A and B team it all get's covered

Seriously though, if countries can run up their medal count in track and field or swimming events, with single countries getting gold, silver, and sometimes even bronze, why not allow it with hockey? If the B teams suck then they don't make the final rounds. No harm done.

But I digress....

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Seriously though, if countries can run up their medal count in track and field or swimming events, with single countries getting gold, silver, and sometimes even bronze, why not allow it with hockey?
Because the hockey tournament is limited to 12 countries, which is obviously not the case in track and field and swimming individual events. When every country is allowed in the hockey tournament, then maybe you can start adding further teams. But then even track & field and swimming do NOT allow more than one team per country in the relay events, so why should hockey? Especially considering the NHL wouldn't like the idea of a 100-team tournament.

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10-26-2009, 05:57 AM
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Because the hockey tournament is limited to 12 countries, which is obviously not the case in track and field and swimming individual events. When every country is allowed in the hockey tournament, then maybe you can start adding further teams. But then even track & field and swimming do NOT allow more than one team per country in the relay events, so why should hockey? Especially considering the NHL wouldn't like the idea of a 100-team tournament.
I know you feel badly for all the hockey players in Canada who would be in the OG if they played for any of the other countries.

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Russia, USA wins gold

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