Top Line: Olympic team camp reactions; Roenick punches man; more links
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Back in 2009, a total of 46 players were invited to Canada’s Olympic orientation camp, but Patrice Bergeron wasn’t among them. Four months later, he was on the club that won gold in Vancouver. A reminder, from Eric Duhatschek, that yesterday's list is only preliminary and the actual team could include players who were not invited to Calgary in August.
• Here's a quick look at those who weren't invited. Honestly, not sure how any of these guys will be missed.
• The release of Team USA's camp roster didn't generate quite as much buzz, except maybe in Wisconsin.
• And Kevin Allen of USA Today offered his thoughts on what the final American roster might look like.
• Team USA named the assistants to coach Dan Bylsma this morning. And in the kingdom, there was much rejoicing.
• Jim Matheson ponders the big question for Canada -- who's in goal? -- and suggests that the situation could be very fluid.
• John MacKinnon writes that Team Canada is putting emphasis on speed and the ability to play with and without the puck. Hey, when you're wondering why a guy like Jason Spezza wasn't invited, there's your answer.
• Sweden announced its orientation camp roster as well. Appears to be a pretty decent bunch, as always, but the defense looks exploitable, doesn't it?
• Finland released their list as well, highlighed by 42-year-old winger Teemu Selanne.
• Eight Winnipeg Jets have a shot at making the Olympics. I know a lot of fans were wondering about Andrew Ladd yesterday, but his mix of grit, leadership and scoring makes him a very strong candidate.
• He may have been in net when Canada won gold back in 2010, but Luongo is no lock for Sochi.
• Here's a video of Jeremy Roenick punching a guy in the face on a golf course. I don't really know how much more I can say about that.
• So Lou Lamoriello refused to show his hand yesterday in the wake of the reports that Jaromir Jagr had signed with the Devils. What a card. Expect the official announcement to come from New Jersey's GM at some point today.
• A few NHLer's have taken to Twitter to share how they're spending their summer vacations. Don't suppose any of 'em are golfing, do you?
• The Jets put a lot of money on the table to sign Bryan Little. The deal helped both sides avoid the unpleasantness of arbitration and it kept the team's No. 1 center in town for five years. Looks like a fair bit of contracting.
• The no-trade clause was a key element to getting an extension done for Sam Gagner.
• The second-hardest thing to do in this business is make predictions. The hardest? Going back after the season is over and comparing your picks to what really went down. Thank you, Scott Cullen, for your courage.
• So, Tim Leiweke finally realized that everyone in Toronto thought he was a tone-deaf moron for wanting to cut ties with the past glories of the Maple Leafs. Do you think he apologized? • Alexander Radulov finally opens up about his infamous breach of curfew in Phoenix, saying it was all a big misunderstanding that got blown out of proportion. Sounds pretty believable, right?