Getting mad at players that don't play at the worlds is ridiculous. Its the end of a very long season and most likely a frustrating one if your team doesn't make the playoffs. Many players have injuries as well.
Also, if you have ever had dealings with Hockey Canada or Basketball Canada etc.. you would understand that there is very good reason for many players to not want anything to do with them.
With the talent we have, I think its better that we don't send our best to the worlds anyway. It is a great place for other players to get a chance on the world stage. From a NA point of view, it is a Mickey Mouse cup anyways. Let the Euro's go crazy for it.
Reimer has a shot, Canadas goaltending depth looks weak going into it.
As it stands today, the likely options are;
Established players usually avoid the WCs. That's why I doubt you'll see guys like Phaneuf or Brodeur there.
Well putting Reimer in would look rather homerism of them too do, I think it would be a real good test to find out what you have in a goalie its a great chance they might as well make the world of it. Dosn't have to start but a couple games might hes been successful at every level of play there is no excuse not to invite him.
Wouldn't you think Schenn and Phaneuf are locks with Nonis on Team Canada. Clark McArthur seems to deserve an opportunity too.
Gunnarsson could be considered although Sweden has a tendency to pick a large number of players from the SEL.
If Gunnarsson becomes available he's is most likely a lock for the Swedes. They've got a new coach in Per Marts (U20 coach 2007-10) since the last years world championships, but remember that Gunnarsson has played extremely well for his country ever since his debut and also had the game winner in the bronce medal game against USA 09'.
I've only read an article where his mom talks about how he was a Leafs fan growing up and especially with Belfour playing for the Leafs since he was his favourite goalie. I'm not sure if he was a Leafs fan because of Belfour or if was just a happy coincidence that his favourite goalie played with his favourite team.
Craig Anderson is American and has represented the USA at the World previously.
If Cam Ward declines, I wouldn't attribute to him thinking he's too big for a tournament like that. He doesn't strike me as the type of guy that would think that way. Of cousre, I don't know the guy but that's not the impression I get from him. With Nonis involved, Reimer has a good shot when thinking about young hot goaltenders in the league right now.
I remember him responding to a comment once about being compared to Belfour in playing style and he said he didn't think so but that it's a huge honour being mentioned in the same breath as him because Eddie was his favourite goalie. He went on to say that he never had a favourite team, just a favourite goalie (Eddie) who he started following during his Cup run with the Stars and from then on stuck with him. So I wouldn't be surprised if he was a Leafs fan by extension during Eddie's time here (and then of course he was drafted by the Leafs in 2006 just as Eddie was about done here).
The only locks I see are Kessel, Grabo, Kulemin. For Schenn, he'll be against guys like Burns, Wideman, Giordano, Pietrangelo, Bouwmeester, Daley, potentially Fowler and if Nashville drops Weber and Suter. Canada has too much talent to lock Schenn's talent in even with our system in charge of choosing. I like his chances though. In terms of Gunnar, I'm no expert on Swedes playing elsewhere, but Enstrom and Karlsson get a spot before him. So maybe as a 3rd pairing if the foreign Sweden talent isn't great. Reimer I think goes to Marlies no?
A high number of players will likely decline the invite - meaning this will be a big pool.
For Canada, I'd think Schenn, Phaneuf, and MacArthur will all be asked... perhaps Reimer as well (hell Chad Johnson played last year... they'll have to look far for a goalie).
MacArthur, as previously stated, will probably not want to play.
C. Glencross (but a pending FA who will decline).
That's just off the top of my head. But a LOT of those guys will turn Nonis/Blake down.
Reimer is actually a pretty safe bet to be going to the World Championships (albeit as backup). Remember, the Leafs didn't put him on the "AHL active day roster" which means he actually can't play for the Marlies playoff run. I'd bet the decision to do that was highly impacted by Nonis being GM of team Canada and planning on sending him to the Worlds.
With the year he's had, I highly doubt Brodeur would even consider going. It's also the younger players who tend to go in order to suck up to team Canada brass for an olympic spot. Realistically, The other canadian goalies he'll be competing with are the Masons (Steve and Chris) and of course Cam Ward if he decides to go.
-- Schenn & Phaneuf will both be invited, Schenn might go, Phaneuf problably won't. Tough call on MacArthur, as his status will depend on who turns invitations down.
-- Kessel will be invited, problably won't go. Can't imagine that Komisarek will be invited or be willing to go after the year he's had.
-- Grabovski will be invited for Belarus, might go.
-- Gunnarsson might get asked for Sweden (like somebody else said they prefer SEL guys), problably go if invited. I can't imagine Gustavsson will be invited after not playing for so long.
-- Kulemin will problably be invited and go for Russia.