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01-07-2014, 11:43 AM
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This may just be my anti-Ranger brain talking, but does Nash belong there over St Louis ?

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01-07-2014, 12:16 PM
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Congratulations Johnny...

a little off-topic, does anybody remember Tomas Marcinko? As sad as it sounds he made the Slovak Olympic Team...

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Congrats JT. Go win a Silver!

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Congrats JT. But, no Amac? Who's going to play the point on the power play?


Well done.

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Well he is the 2nd leading scorer for his country. How can you not take him?

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They went alphabetical order so he was going to be named pretty late. He was always a lock, no real stress.
Well first they named the goalies then the defenseman, then we got to forwards and it started getting late. Didn't even realize it was alphabetical order. My heart was racing towards the end, although I can't imagine many better candidates to make the team out there besides crosby

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01-07-2014, 01:35 PM
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Well he is the 2nd leading scorer for his country. How can you not take him?
Well played sir, well played.

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Well he is the 2nd leading scorer for his country. How can you not take him?

Fun fact! We have the 2nd leading scorer for three countries competing in the Olympics.

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where do i get my jersey?

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01-07-2014, 01:46 PM
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As expected, John Tavares has been selected by Team Canada to represent them in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russa.

Congratulations and look forward to see you represent your country!!!

Will probably sport #19, but #20 is his backup number.
I was thinking he'd wear #61 like he did with the Knights.

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I was thinking he'd wear #61 like he did with the Knights.
I'm going to guess that Nash takes that.

My guess is 2 of Toews, Stammer, Tavares will be 19 and 91 as the most common thing in hockey is to switch your digits around. The odd man out will take something completely different.

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I was thinking he'd wear #61 like he did with the Knights.
With Toews in the mix, JT will not get his #19. In the past for International Tourneys, JT usually takes #19 whenever it's available. When it's not, he's always been #20.

In the 2008 WJC, he wore #20 and then #19 in 2009. In the WHC, you saw him wear #20 when someone like Spezza had #19. JT has a lot of things going for him, but he doesn't have seniority when it comes to numbers.

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This may just be my anti-Ranger brain talking, but does Nash belong there over St Louis ?
Was thinking the same thing, for a .500 club they seem to have a lot of representation in the Olympics from the NA teams. McDonagh is deserving but Callahan (due to injury), Nash and Stepan are suspect in my books.

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With Toews in the mix, JT will not get his #19. In the past for International Tourneys, JT usually takes #19 whenever it's available. When it's not, he's always been #20.

In the 2008 WJC, he wore #20 and then #19 in 2009. In the WHC, you saw him wear #20 when someone like Spezza had #19. JT has a lot of things going for him, but he doesn't have seniority when it comes to numbers.
Is seniority how the number selection process works for games like this? Also were these instances where #91 was already taken or does he prefer those number over #91?

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Johnny deserved it! Hell yes! Secretly, I'll be rooting for Tavares.

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Was thinking the same thing, for a .500 club they seem to have a lot of representation in the Olympics from the NA teams. McDonagh is deserving but Callahan (due to injury), Nash and Stepan are suspect in my books.
Has to do something about the physical presence opposed to the offensive skill. Nash is obviously a big bodied power forward and St. Louis....is not. Lets be honest the offensive skill is very deep on this roster.

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Has to do something about the physical presence opposed to the offensive skill. Nash is obviously a big bodied power forward and St. Louis....is not. Lets be honest the offensive skill is very deep on this roster.
Of course that team is loaded and that is my point...even if they wanted a bigger body (funny how KO's bigger body-perception is reality) there were other options. The games I have seen this year of Nash, he really hasn't been using his size.

Nash has a pedigree and its not like he has been terrible, so guess you can't go wrong, maybe they could be just more right

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Is seniority how the number selection process works for games like this? Also were these instances where #91 was already taken or does he prefer those number over #91?
I think seniority always plays a role when it comes to getting jersey numbers, between all the pro sports. You hear about arrangements made when players will get something for relinquishing their number to another teammate.

As for what his preferences are, you should probably ask JT himself. I'm just going by past history. If I had to bet, I would bet that Tavares wears #20 in Sochi. That's kind of become his number when you consider Stamkos has dibs on #91 and Toews has #19.

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Has to do something about the physical presence opposed to the offensive skill. Nash is obviously a big bodied power forward and St. Louis....is not. Lets be honest the offensive skill is very deep on this roster.
Between Getzlaf, Perry, Toews, Benn, Kunitz, etc., do you really need Nash?

Also, St. Louis is big bodied. He has the biggest ass south of Jagr.

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01-07-2014, 02:59 PM
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i was nervous about JT being left off the team, right up until I heard his name called.

especially once I heard Nash, Marleau, Duchene, Kunitz all being called - guys I didn't have on my list of players.

I'm really curious how he'll be used (centre or wing) and with what linemates.

I think JT can play with anyone. His style doesn't seem to matter, he's an extremely adaptable player with no real weakness. His foot speed is improved but even before it was, he always excelled with faster players (though less talented) on big ice or small. (E.g. Tavares/Skinner in the WC or with DiDomenico/Esposito in the WJC)

So many talented players not getting a chance:

Neal - Thornton - Giroux
Couture - Spezza - St. Louis
T. Hall - E. Staal - Seguin
M. Richards - E.Staal - Eberle
J. Staal, E. Kane, Marchand, Lucic, Ladd, Josh Bailey

Boyle - Seabrook - Letang
Giordano - Phaneuf - Beauchemin
M.Staal - Hamonic - Green - Andrew MacDonald

Crawford, Bernier, Kevin Poulin

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This may just be my anti-Ranger brain talking, but does Nash belong there over St Louis ?
There are quite a few headscratchers(Nash, Kunitz?, Hamhuis)...although anyone of the snubs for Canada would be welcome onto Team USA in favor of about 15 of the guys selected. St Louis, Jumbo Joe, Seabrook, Boyle and Crawford are five guys who have legit gripes. Shows just how deep that team is.

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Giroux and St. Louis are the biggest snubs for sure, but Couture should have been on the team, I think his injury the other night screwed him.
Couture deserves it more than ****ing Rick Nash! How he made this team I don't know
Whatever, Johnny T made it!!! so glad he didn't get snubbed like KO

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Fun fact! We have the 2nd leading scorer for three countries competing in the Olympics.
yet somehow one of them got left off their respective teams roster

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I wonder how the Canada-Austria game is going to go. JT going up against Vanek and Grabner. Canada will likely crush them, but would still be fun to watch them go at it with national pride on the line. I don't think any of them would go after eachother in a heated confrontation or anything, but I would love to hear the chirping between them. If Grabner's level of chirping is anywhere close to his tweets, it could get really interesting.

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I'm pretty sure in Juniors (def. London) you can not have a high number. So JT took 61 when he was traded there.

World juniors I think its similar hence the 19 and 20 numbers.

Why would Stamkos have seniority over JT? He's never played in the olympics either.

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