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Guy Carbonneau on Team Canada

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Guy Carbonneau on Team Canada

Why did he never play for Team Canada? He was one of the best shutdown forwards of all the time.

He should have made the 96 and 98 teams over someone like Primeau.

And in the Canada Cups he should have made it over Sutter.

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The 1987 Canada Cup is the one place I can't understand why he didn't make it. Throw in the 1991 Canada Cup too. To me, he'd have been a lock cinch on those teams. That being said, these were Keenan teams, I get the feeling Keenan would have liked Carbs, he coached him for a season in St. Louis so I don't know how their relationship would have been. He had to cut his own captain in Dave Poulin in 1987, so I'm not sure if Carbs would have been on his radar as much. By 1991 he had already won two Selkes so I don't see how he gets on the team over Dirk Graham, who had won the Selke in 1991. Carbonneau was just so established. He could have fit in well in 1987, I think. About as responsible of a guy defensively and killing penalties that you would want and had at least good enough offensive instincts that you couldn't just ignore him when he had the puck either.

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The 1987 Canada Cup is the one place I can't understand why he didn't make it. Throw in the 1991 Canada Cup too. To me, he'd have been a lock cinch on those teams. That being said, these were Keenan teams, I get the feeling Keenan would have liked Carbs, he coached him for a season in St. Louis so I don't know how their relationship would have been. He had to cut his own captain in Dave Poulin in 1987, so I'm not sure if Carbs would have been on his radar as much. By 1991 he had already won two Selkes so I don't see how he gets on the team over Dirk Graham, who had won the Selke in 1991. Carbonneau was just so established. He could have fit in well in 1987, I think. About as responsible of a guy defensively and killing penalties that you would want and had at least good enough offensive instincts that you couldn't just ignore him when he had the puck either.
St.Louis with Keenan and Carbonneau was years after 1987 and 1991, so the link does not matter.

Basically Keenan favoured a high energy pressing type of forechecking / defensive system contrary to the way Carbonneau played - a control, cerebral, trapping defensive style that created mismatches. Much harder to install short term that is required for a Canada Cup.

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Carbo would have been a good addition with those teams, but the staff felt more comfortable with Sutter. Just one of those things. No wrong answer to the choice unless you lose.

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St.Louis with Keenan and Carbonneau was years after 1987 and 1991, so the link does not matter.
I wasn't suggesting it did. I just wondered how they actually did get along that year.

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