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Habs at the Worlds

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With today being exit interview day, I suspect we'll find out a few players who will or won't be going to the Worlds. This is a good spot to try and track them.

Confirmed yes so far: Plekanec, Pacioretty, Eller, Subban, Emelin

Confirmed no so far: Cole, Price, Weber (inj), Kaberle, Budaj, Diaz (inj)

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Markov hasn't been invited yet to play for Russia. Part of me wants him to play for conditioning sake while the other part is actually happy he can't injure himself on the ice before training camp...I hope.

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You would think Subban would jump at the opportunity to play. I think it would be great for his development.

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Subban is going according to Renaud Lavoie

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Eller yes, Kaberle declines. Weber's a no-go with the injury.

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Budaj declines, that one's a bit surprising. I figured he'd go just to get the chance to play a bit having sat most of the year.

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Budaj declines, that one's a bit surprising. I figured he'd go just to get the chance to play a bit having sat most of the year.

He has a god vacation planned I bet.

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Desharnais has not been invited yet but would accept if asked. Depending on who actually says no off the original list, I do think he deserves to be among those considered in that secondary wave of invites.

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Desharnais has not been invited yet but would accept if asked. Depending on who actually says no off the original list, I do think he deserves to be among those considered in that secondary wave of invites.

Well, what are their choices at C, to this point - ?

DD gets a lot of respect from media types outside Montreal. Whether he has earned respect within narrower hockey circles is another question; certainly the idea that he is a product of excellent wingers works against him.

Incidentally, is TSN carrying this? With the Habs out it might make a nice substitute hockey fix.

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TSN usually does as the games are normally during the day as they are in Europe.

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Well, what are their choices at C, to this point - ?

DD gets a lot of respect from media types outside Montreal. Whether he has earned respect within narrower hockey circles is another question; certainly the idea that he is a product of excellent wingers works against him.

In no particular order, these are some of the more prominent options that spent at least some time at C and that I think would actually consider going (aka, not veterans like Lecavalier or Ribeiro): Tavares (confirmed I believe), Stamkos (Edit: not going), Getzlaf, Duchene, O'Reilly, E. Staal, Benn, Skinner, and Nugent-Hopkins. I would imagine they'll want a defensive/checking line C (Steve Ott would be my guess) so at most, you're looking at Desharnais competing for one of three spots with these guys (obviously a couple could move to the wing). He has a chance but I think a few of these guys would have to decline.

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In no particular order, these are some of the more prominent options that spent at least some time at C and that I think would actually consider going (aka, not veterans like Lecavalier or Ribeiro): Tavares (confirmed I believe), Stamkos, Getzlaf, Duchene, O'Reilly, E. Staal, Benn, Skinner, and Nugent-Hopkins. I would imagine they'll want a defensive/checking line C (Steve Ott would be my guess) so at most, you're looking at Desharnais competing for one of three spots with these guys (obviously a couple could move to the wing). He has a chance but I think a few of these guys would have to decline.

Wow, I like DD, but there is indeed an abundance of elite CDN centers missing the playoffs.

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This morning they mentioned that Emelin is confirmed as well for Russia.

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Gorges (undisclosed injury) will not play, seems as if he did get a call from Team Canada though. Markov will not play for Russia, will not be invited.

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. Markov will not play for Russia, will not be invited.

Thank the great pumpkin. we don't need him injured again take the summer to get into really good shape for next year. hey didnt he become a canadian citizen or want to maybe that's why they don't invite him.

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Most of these teams are using this as a gear up to 2014. I guess they figure they want to give experience to their younger guys, as Markov alreayd has plenty.

Not a lot of teams taking the 30+ year olds

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I don't like Desharnais' chances now. Right now, the C's are Getzlaf, Tavares, and O'Reilly (with Nugent-Hopkins and Skinner having C abilities).

http://www.sportsnet...ionship_roster/

And that is not counting the centers potentially available after the 1st round: J. Staal, Spezza, Crosby (probably wouldn't play anyways), Toews, J. Thornton (too old?), M. Richards (could play wing), Carter (could play wings)..

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Most of these teams are using this as a gear up to 2014. I guess they figure they want to give experience to their younger guys, as Markov alreayd has plenty.

Not a lot of teams taking the 30+ year olds

Could it be that Markov just wasn't that great this season, and they'd rather not risk having him continue to be average for the duration of the tournament?

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I can't wait for this tournament to begin............. NOT !!!

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Could it be that Markov just wasn't that great this season, and they'd rather not risk having him continue to be average for the duration of the tournament?

Definitely part of it too... Markov hasn't been 100% and this is a short tourney.

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I can't wait for this tournament to begin............. NOT !!!

What's the problem? This is the only substitute we've got for the Habs being in the dance. I say enjoy it.

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What's the problem? This is the only substitute we've got for the Habs being in the dance. I say enjoy it.

So who are in this dance from the Habs now?

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So who are in this dance from the Habs now?

Subban for Canada, Emelin for Russia, Plekanec for Czech, Pacioretty for USA, Eller for Denmark.

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What's the problem? This is the only substitute we've got for the Habs being in the dance. I say enjoy it.

I'll enjoy it the day it will end with every Habs players avoiding any kind of useless injury.

For now, I'm worried our best dman could ###### up his knee for the most useless tournament.

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