Just don't listen to this crap. This is just a big pile of BS. They are just trying to have a look at all possible candidates for Sochi(That's why no Varlamov after winning the last WC). Nobody's guaranteed a no.1 spot there. There als will be a whole bunch of easy must win games due to the format. Russia's group is pretty weak this year(Partly due to no Dubi for USA and no Gaborik for Slovakia.) All goialies will probably get a couple of starts in the round robin to earn the spot in the playoff round.
Have to wonder what Bob's and Arty's agents have to say about them playing in a tourney where they can risk serious injury while being RFAs. I'm sure their agents would rather have them wrapped in bubblewrap before signing a new deal.