Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Man down

Well this is just awesome... NOT!

It looks like the forward who everyone was surprised to see make the team won't be in Vancouver after all. With Bergeron breaking his thumb, we're going to need a replacement. The obvious choices in my mind are Jordan Staal and Jeff Carter, though Dreger is tweeting that it's too early to pencil anyone in, naming Carter by name...

So let the debate begin! Who's your pick?

Friday, January 1, 2010

Damned Yankees

Before heading to bed, I thought a good move would be to post the last of the teams that will be competing in Vancouver that "matter".

The USA has announced their team, and it looks a little something like this...

Ryan Miller (Buffalo Sabres), Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings), Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins)

Erik Johnson (St Louis Blues), Jack Johnson (Los Angeles Kings), Mike Komisarek (Toronto Maple Leafs), Paul Martin (New Jersey Devils), Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh Penguins), Brian Rafalski (Detroit Red Wings), Ryan Suter (Nashville Predators)

David Backes (St. Louis Blues), Dustin Brown (Los Angeles Kings), Ryan Callahan (New York Rangers), Chris Drury (New York Rangers), Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks), Ryan Kesler (Vancouver Canucks), Phil Kessel (Toronto Maple Leafs), Jamie Langenbrunner (New Jersey Devils), Ryan Malone (Tampa Bay Lightning), Zack Parise (New Jersey Devils), Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks), Bobby Ryan (Anaheim Ducks), Paul Stastny (Colorado Avalanche)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Team TwentyTen


Niedermayer (C)
Pronger (A)

Crosby (A)
Iginla (A)
M. Richards
E. Staal

Late Edit
This was our 100th post... kind of poetic...

Last post before the announcement...

In a last minute revision of his list, Bob McKenzie has tweeted that he is taking Bouwmeester off his list for Drew Doughty... does he know something early?

We're about to find out...

Trying to steal the thunder

Typical of nations jealous of Canada's hockey dominance, two other nations have attempted to steal the thunder from Team Canada by announcing their Olympic hockey rosters.

The Czechs and Finns have both released their rosters. In anticipation of the Team Canada roster announcement, I have decided to not write anything about these jealous, child-like nations.

2 more hours... WHAMMO!!

'Twas the morn of selection day...

In the spirit of the announcement and the season, I have prepared a short poem...

'Twas the morn of selection day and all through the TwentyTen house,
not a blogger was typing, not touching a mouse;

With Dewey on the couch and Matty in his chair,
contently knowing soon who would be there;

TwentyTeners nation wide still snug in their beds,
with visions of gold medals only thoughts in their heads;

Stevie Y with the list, he checked it again,
hoping, knowing, he'd picked the right men;

Babcock was seated, finalizing his plans,
this team didn't need a base, it was already a nation of fans;

All of a sudden cameras were flashing,
Stevie stepped to the podium, it's time, it was happening;

The silence was deafening, the volume cranked up,
I sipped the beer nervously from my team Canada cup;

He stood for a moment and breathed it all in,
he looked at the list, and then he would begin;

He named off the players from his list with certainty,
these were his players, his twenty skaters and goalies three;

A nation stood in amazed and paid attention closely,
some questioned, some applauded, some simply listened intently;

As quick as he appeared, he was gone just as fast,
media and bloggers nationwide immediately began to put the GM on blast;

Come February in Vancouver, it will be much more than a game,
it will be a our passion, our air, our acclaim;

No matter what now, this was our team, this is our show,
come February we will all cheer, "Go, Canada! Go!"

… really wanted to end that one with "WHAMMO!!"

Remember that the announcement happens today at 1 PM Atlantic (12 Eastern). You can watch live on TSN, as well as at CTVOlympics.ca. Another good idea would be to follow me on Twitter, and check back to Canada Twenty Ten often for our thoughts on the team!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dewey's Team TwentyTen

With the announcement of Team Canada coming tomorrow afternoon, I thought it would be timely of me to announce MY Team TwentyTen.

I picked my team based on performance, past and present, and also used what I have read and heard over the past few weeks, taking what I believe are good hints on the team. Also, I did my best to NOT put guys on the team who I do not care for (and did a pretty good job of it!).

Without further ado, my list:

Iginla - Crosby - Nash
Heatley - Thornton - Marleau
J. Staal - M. Richards - B. Richards
St. Louis - Getzlaf - Perry

Niedermayer - Weber
Pronger - Boyle
Keith - Seabrook


Why did I pick the players I did? I'll try to explain...

The goalies I think are hands down. Everyone has been picking them, and I am no different. From the start we've said Brodeur and Luongo would be 1 - 2, but we were never sure about who the starter would be. Brodeur has had the better season to this point, so at the moment, he is the starter in my opinion. Things could change, but today, he starts.

The defense was a tough call for me. I had 5 guys as sure bets, those being Nieder, Pronger, Weber, Keith, Seabrook. Then I had a decision to make. I had to make a choice between Dan Boyle and Mike Green. To this point this season, Green is actually having the better season statistically (9G, 29A, +15) than Boyle (7G, 14A, +6), but I kept coming back to a conversation I had with Matty while watching last year's playoffs. He actually had a post about Green's disappearing act during the biggest games of the year, and that's why I put Boyle ahead of Green.

Then I needed to select my seventh defensemen. Originally, I said Bouwmeester, and eventually went with him, but I actually erased his name for Green's twice, and switched it back both times. Bouwmeester has never been on a big stage and I wasn't sure how he might react. I made this decision using the "McCabe" thought process, where bringing a "powerplay specialist" in '06 did not really help the team, and I doubt it would help them this year. They already have enough firepower on the blue line, so I went with the guy I figured would be a steadier defender.

The forwards, obviously, had easy choices and had some very difficult ones. I think the first line has been decided on since the orientation camp this summer. The second line has been absolutely foolish this year in San Jose, so they're there as well.

The fourth line (third scoring line) was one that originally could have been the number 2. I hate putting St. Louis on there (as has been documented), but of the other guys I thought of, I couldn't find a better fit than St. Louis. So Marty, don't let me down.

Perry and Getz are solid and have great chemistry together in Anaheim. I think these guys have to be there, and will be there.

The checking/shut down line was the last I decided on. I hadn't even considered Brad Richards for a spot on the team, but when I read that Stevie had been considering guys NOT at the summer camp, followed by the news on Saturday night that Pierre Lebrun said that he didn't think Stamkos made the cut after speaking with his sources, I put that together with the fact that both he and Grapes had spoken with Stevie Y and both had him on the team in their choices. The stats are there, he has history with the team, and I just have a hunch that in their talks, maybe his name was discussed. There has to be a guy that makes the team who wasn't at the camp, and if it won't be any of the guys we've talked about before, then it might as well be him... and that's only one of the guys on this line...

I took Mike Richards because he's a pest. While still young, he manages to get under the skin and does a pretty good job shutting down other teams stars. He's a guy who you can rely on on the PK, and another guy who's great at faceoffs, just because we need another one.

At the start of the camp, everyone assumed it would be the oldest Staal brother who would make the team. However, tomorrow I believe it will be the youngest who's name is read by Mr. Yzerman. I have heard that Jordan wasn't being considered for a spot, so this may be iffy but I think he's another guy who does a great job shutting down and is a valuable asset on the PK. I actually had thought of putting Toews on this line (not a defensive liability at all with a +18 this season so far), and then putting Stamkos as the 13th forward. This was the toughest choice for me to make, because I love Stamkos on this team. I heard someone make a claim that Team Canada suffered in 2006 by not picking a young sniper by the name of Sidney Crosby in his 2nd NHL season, but just the way Lebrun made his claim on Saturday night about him not making the cut, so close to the decision, it just seems like he knows something, and unfortunately I have to believe it.

So there it is, there's my team. Stevie, let's see what you have.

... almost forgot...