12.29.2009

Making the Cut



Team Latvia, Norway, and Slovakia have named their rosters for the upcoming Olympics.  And I have a little issue with Team Slovakia.

Team Latvia

G     Edgar Masalskis          Dinamo Riga
G     Ervins Mustukovs        Dinamo Riga
G     Sergejs Naumovs        Dinamo Riga

D     Oskars Bartulis           Philadelphia Flyers
D     Guntis Galvins             Dinamo Riga
D     Rodrigo Lavins           Dinamo Riga
D     Georgijs Pujacs          Sibir Novosibirsk
D     Krisjanis Redlihs         Dinamo Riga
D     Arvids Rekis               Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg
D     Karlis Skrastins           Dallas Stars
D     Kristaps Sotnieks        Dinamo Riga

F     Girts Ankipans             Dinamo Riga
F     Armands Berzins          Dinamo Riga
F     Martins Cipulis             Dinamo Riga
F     Lauris Darzins              Dinamo Riga
F     Kaspars Daugavins      Binghamton Senators
F     Martins Karsums         Norfolk Admirals
F     Gints Meija                  Dinamo Riga
F     Aleksandrs Nizivijs      Dinamo Riga
F     Mikelis Redlihs            Dinamo Riga
F     Alekejs Sirokovs         Amur Khabarovsk
F     Janis Sprukts               Dinamo Riga
F     Herberts Vasiljevs       Krefeld Pinguine

Team Norway
G     Pal Grotnes                 Stjernen Frederikstad
G     Andre Lysenstoen       HeKi Heinola
G     Ruben Smith               Storhamar Dragons

D     Alexander Bonsaksen  MODO Ornskoldsvik
D     Jonas Holos                Farjestad Karlstad
D     Tommy Jakobsen        Lorenskog IK
D     Juha Kaunismaki         Stavanger Oilers
D     Lars Erik Lund            Valerenga Oslo
D     Ole Kristian Tollefsen  Philadelphia Flyers
D     Mats Trygg                 Kolner Haie

F     Mats Zuccarello Aasen  MODO Ornskoldsvik
F     Morten Ask                 Nuremberg Ice Tigers
F     Anders Bastiansen        Farjestad Karlstad
F     Kristian Forsberg         MODO Ornskoldsvik
F     Mads Hansen               Brynas Gavle
F     Marius Holtet               Farjestad Karlstad
F     Mathis Olimb               Frolunda Gothenburg
F     Martin Roymark          Frolunda Gothenburg
F     Per-Age Skroder        MODO Ornskoldsvik
F     Lars Erik Spets           Valerenga Oslo
F     Patrick Thoresen         Salavat Yulayev Ufa
F     Tore Vikingstad          Hannover Scorpions
F     Martin Laumann Ylven  Linkopings HC

Team Slovakia
G     Peter Budaj                Colorado Avalanche
G     Jaroslav Halak            Montreal Canadiens
G     Rastislav Stana           Severstal Cherepovets

D     Zdeno Chara              Boston Bruins
D     Milan Jurcina              Washington Capitals
D     Richard Lintner           Dynamo Minsk
D     Andrej Meszaros        Tampa Bay Lightning
D     Andrej Sekera            Buffalo Sabres
D     Martin Strbak             MVD Balashikha
D     Lubomir Visnovsky     Edmonton Oilers

F     Lubos Bartecko          SC Bern
F     Martin Cibak              Spartak Moscow
F     Pavol Demitra             Vancouver Canucks
F     Marian Gaborik          New York Rangers
F     Michal Handzus          LA Kings
F     Marcel Hossa             Dinamo Riga
F     Marian Hossa             Chicago Blackhawks
F     Tomas Kopecky         Chicago Blackhawks
F     Zigmund Palffy            HK 36 Skalica
F     Branko Radivojevic     Sparktak Moscow
F     Miroslav Satan            FA (Free Agent)
F     Jozef Stumpel              Barys Astana
F     Richard Zednik            Lokomotiv Jaroslavl

Now my issue with Team Slovakia is the amount of injured (or formerly injured) players they have.  Take for instance Pavol Demitra.  He has been deemed out for the Canucks (indefintely) and yet, he's healthy enough to play for the Slovaks?  I don't think so.  We have pretty darn good doctors and when they say you shouldn't play, you shouldn't play.

That's just my rant.

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