Today's Star Ledger (www.nj.com) reports that Glen Sather will leave it up to Eric Lindros as to whether he will play in the Olympics. He says that he can't deny a player the opportunity or honor to play for their country. As a NYR fan, I disagree - but as a fan of hockey in general, I agree wholeheartedly - you want the best at the Olympics to showcase the sport.
I am really looking forward to seeing the US Women play too
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Also interesting that Gretzky is keeping an eye on Fleury.. I can imagine his concerns..you don't want that little man to snap during the olympics and destroy the entire russian team just because they mentioned the word Vodka when he skates past their bench..
"...And I use that to fuck them some place fairly uncomfortable." "What, like the back of a volkswagen ?" -Mallrats
Yeah but BOTH Yzerman and Nolan (who apperently has been having back problems) have said that if they aren't 100% they'll let Gretzky know ASAP next week.
Also Russia (and the Maple Leafs) recieved a huge blow last night. Dmitry Yushkevich, the best defencman on both teams has blood clot in his leg and is out indefenetly (TSN JUST said at least 3 weeks), possibly the whole season. The Russian's have yet to release the name of the replacement.
Russia lost their one of their top D-men (I wouldn't say he's better than, say, Sergei Zubov), but I don't think it'll be much of a factor. The Russians really shouldn't fret that much. I mean, Khabibulin is used to facing 30-40 shots a night-he plays on Tampa Bay, who has one of the worst defenses in the league. So I wouldn't expect Russia to suddenly start giving up many goals, just a few more shots per game. Still, it is a blow to the team since Yushkevich is a talented player.
Oh, and I think Joe Thornton will get to play for Canada. I just feel like SOMETHING bad is going to happen to either Yzerman or Fleury, and then Thornton can easily step in. Of course, if Thornton doesn't play in 2002, you can bet on him playing in 2006.
(EDIT: I forgot to mention Thornton, sorry.)
(edited by PinkSkunk on 9.2.02 0009)
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New set-up would keep teams closer to home (sports.espn.go.com) In other words, nothing's set in stone yet. Here's what it would essentially boil down to:One eight-team and one seven-team division in each conference.