The most important person involved in the Mike Green snub from the Canadian Olympic team is perhaps the defenseman himself.
Reasoning used by the Canadian contingent isnâ€™t likely similar to that of the general public, although the overwhelming sentiment of a lack of defensive game (often incorrectly portrayed as â€˜liabilityâ€™ in some circles) seems to be mostly prevalent.
And itâ€™s a falsity.
My Team Canada Roster selections may seem a little vanilla, but they've been selected to play out various situations. Penalty killing, power play and balance on all the forward units took precedent over sheer offensive/defensive ability.
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A collection of unrelated hockey thoughts for a cold and wet Saturday morning:
The timing of the Brian Burke decision out of Anaheim is interesting to say the least. After vehemently denying the rumours of a possible move throughout the summer (which is to be expected - after all, any peripheral negotiations about his future would constitute tampering), it seemed that any real news out of the Burke camp would have to wait until next summer. The inference was that Burke would fulfill his contractual obligations that last through to the end of the â€˜08/â€™09 campaign. Suddenly and rather unexpectedly, Burkeâ€™s been shifted into a new capacity in a move essentially aimed at enabling him to negotiate with other outfits (but still renders him unable to make the actual move until heâ€™s given a release by the Ducks).