J-S Giguere and Rob Niedermayer have accepted invitations to play for Canada at the tournament in Prague. Giguere will be seeing a sports psychologist in Toronto during the off season to try to get his mental game back on track. Mike Babcock will be an assistant coach for Canada and a commentator for TSN during the first round of playoffs.
Niclas Havelid and Samuel Pahlsson will be playing for Sweden
Ruslan Salei will be playing for Belarus
Martin Gerber will be playing for Switzerland
Rucchin has turned down an invitation due to a variety of minor injuries, such as his knee, which have been bothering him for some time
Petr Sykora, Martin Skoula and Vaclav Prospal are eligible to play for Czech Republic
Keith Carney is eligible to play for United States
"I'm looking forward to a new beginning," Giguere said. "I'm hoping that by going there, I'm going to know what I'm playing hockey for again. Obviously, there you don't play for the money. You play for the challenge. You play for the honor of your country. I think it's going to be a lot of fun."
Guess there's no honor playing for Anaheim without a paycheck attached. What a pr!ck.
Shouldn't matter - neither has a prayer of making the Russian team.
I don't think Ozo would have too many problems cracking the Ruskie team. I'm having a hard time thinking of Russian d-men(so far I got Zubov and Gonchar), but I don't think it gets any better than that. Knowing my knowledge of Russians though, there are probably four other guys leagues ahead of Ozo. Who would Ozo have a tough time beating out on the Russian team?
It's camp you know.... They are not certain to make the squad... Or do you think 18-year old defenseman Niklas Andersson who is on the squad will make it for the WC? :rollie:
First of all, Niklas Andersson is already off the roster.
Second, you misunderstood my question. A player like Niclas Hävelid maybe wouldn't accept a try-out, or has he? Mostly Swedes brought home for WC get a regular spot. I just wonder WHERE you have read they've got try outs? Havent seen this information, or that they even will come to WC, in any swedish paper.
Before leaving April 16 for Europe and his duties as an assistant coach for Team Canada in the World Championships, Babcock will serve as a studio analyst for TSN's television coverage of the playoffs in Canada. ... Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Rob Niedermayer have accepted invitations to play for Canada in the April 24-May 9 tournament in Prague, Czech Republic. ... Other Ducks scheduled to participate are goalie Martin Gerber for Switzerland, defenseman Ruslan Salei for Belarus, and the Swedish tandem of defenseman Niclas Havelid and center Samuel Pahlsson.