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03-24-2011, 04:54 PM
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MacArthur is a pending free agent, doubt he would risk injury.

Maybe Reimer but he would have to be the starting goalie, if not send him to Marlies to actually play and not sit the bench at the World Championships.

Lupul would be a good choice as he hasn't played a full season.

Phaneuf and Schenn are probably too beaten up to participate.
I may be wrong but I think Reimer wasn't on the 'Clear Day' roster for the Marlies, therefore he won't be there for their playoff run/playoffs.

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hm I have no idea was kind of depth Sweden has in net, but I would love to see the Monster play at the WC, and do really well, get some confidence, show us all over again what he can (or can't) do.

I miss Ol' Crazy Eyes, in a weird way.

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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.

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03-24-2011, 05:09 PM
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Reimer has a shot, Canadas goaltending depth looks weak going into it.

As it stands today, the likely options are;

Cam Ward
James Reimer
Craig Anderson
Steve Mason

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.

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03-24-2011, 05:29 PM
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Holzer and Mueller for Germany if the Marlies go out.

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03-24-2011, 05:29 PM
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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'.

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were winning the cup no need for world c talk

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03-24-2011, 05:37 PM
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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).

EDIT: Just came across this article. Reimer was a Jets fan till they left, so yes, he remembers them to answer The Architect's question.
http://www.torontosun.com/sports/hoc.../17526211.html


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03-24-2011, 05:54 PM
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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?
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03-24-2011, 06:15 PM
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Reimer has a shot, Canadas goaltending depth looks weak going into it.

As it stands today, the likely options are;

Cam Ward
James Reimer
Craig Anderson
Steve Mason

Established players usually avoid the WCs. That's why I doubt you'll see guys like Phaneuf or Brodeur there.
He's American.

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03-24-2011, 06:29 PM
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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.

Other possibilities:

E. Staal
J. Skinner
C. Ward
E. Kane
J. Tavares
M. Moulson
J. Spezza
J. Iginla
C. Glencross (but a pending FA who will decline).
M. Giordano
C. Perry
R. Getzlaf
F. Beauchemin
J. Eberle
M. Duchene
B. Burns
R. Nash

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That's just off the top of my head. But a LOT of those guys will turn Nonis/Blake down.

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03-24-2011, 06:47 PM
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Corey Crawford has just as much of a chance if not more of making Team Canada as Reimer does.

Likely set up will be Price and Luongo as they are our most beastly goalies.

Price is probably the best Canadian Goalie in the league right now especially considering he has next to no D to help him out.

Luongo goes beast mode but can suck in high pressure situations.

Likely people I can see going are a return-to-form Phaneuf and that's it. Schenn is good but there are better shutdown canadians (Staal, Pronger, Regehr, Seabrook)


edit: My bad was thinking the 2014 winter olympics

Could see Phaneuf and Schenn warranting an invite, Reimer might but it's unlikely since he's a rookie

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03-24-2011, 06:49 PM
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Russia: Kulemin
Belarus: Grabo
Sweden: Gunnarson, Gustavsson?
USA: Kessel, Komi?
Canada: Reimer, Schenn
Thats it IMO.

Maybe not Komi for USA

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Reimer has a shot, Canadas goaltending depth looks weak going into it.

As it stands today, the likely options are;

Cam Ward
James Reimer
Craig Anderson
Steve Mason

Established players usually avoid the WCs. That's why I doubt you'll see guys like Phaneuf or Brodeur there.
Anderson is American.

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suter's a yankee
As is Fowler.

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Reimer has a shot, Canadas goaltending depth looks weak going into it.

As it stands today, the likely options are;

Cam Ward
James Reimer
Craig Anderson
Steve Mason

Established players usually avoid the WCs. That's why I doubt you'll see guys like Phaneuf or Brodeur there.
Anderson is American

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03-24-2011, 07:20 PM
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I see no reason why Schenn shouldn't be there...heck he was there in '09

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03-24-2011, 07:20 PM
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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.

Other Leafs
-- 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.

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An aside:

Does anyone remember when Kulemin got ejected last year for hitting Holzer from behind? The reaction on the main board was hilarious

Other fan: "Look at Kulemin, another Leafs plug injuring star players!"

Leafs fan: "Holzer is our prospect"

Other fan: "Huh? I don't even..."

Other fan: "Holzer and Kulemin are both scrubs!"

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03-24-2011, 07:54 PM
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Schenn will make team Canada, 100% sure

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Schenn, Kule, and Grabo are the 3 most likely to get invited and accept IMO.

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This. If they call Brodeur over Reimer just because of his history I will on my way to Mars. Yes Mars...

Brodeur should retire tbh he was great in his prime but not anymore. I never got why he made the backup role over Fleury in the Olympics. It's great we still won but wow...

Schenn and Phaneuf should make the roster aswell.
anderson isnt canadian

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03-24-2011, 08:16 PM
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Luongo wasn't any good during the Olympics either

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Did you watch Luongo during the Olympics? He looked shaky as hell the entire time. He's never looked good in big games.

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just so u know guys, Anderson is American.

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