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Does anyone remember why so many good players got cut in '81?

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07-09-2005, 02:26 PM
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Does anyone remember why so many good players got cut in '81?

Looking at their line up Team Canada '81 is still very good on paper, but it seems to me that a lot of guys got cut at training camp or not even invited? Good players too who were still very good.

Darryl Sittler had 96 points that year and was a hero in '76
Bill Barber was a second team all-star in '81
Steve Shutt may not have been a 60 goal man by then but he still had 73 points
Lanny McDonald had 81 points on a rotten team
Bobby Clarke was a little past his prime but still never got an invite
Dave Taylor also for some reason got cut he had 112 points that year
Randy Carlyle may not be a HOF defenseman but he won the Norris that year

I know there are reasons for everything to make a team but since we lost 8-1 that year to the Russians I thought I'd ask around and see if anyone remembers( by the way I know that Charlie Simmer had his leg broken)

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Because there were a lot of better players.

Gretzky, Bossy, Lafleur, Trottier, Perreault, Dionne, Gainey, Middleton, Gare plus the grinders Clark Gillies, Ken Linseman and Ron Duguay.

There was simply no room for the players you mentioned.

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