Tuesday January 7th, 2014

Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning Martin St. Louis was just one of the players controversially left off of the Team Canada roster. (Marko Ditkun/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

A sampling of some online reaction to Tuesday's announcement of Team Canada's roster for the Sochi Olympics:

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“I’m hopeful we can get through this and continue. He is a guy who I want to finish his career [in Tampa Bay] and I’m hopeful that somehow we can be fortunate enough to win a Stanley Cup. There’s not much I can say. I can’t apologize. We’ve got to make these decisions.”

-- Steve Yzerman on not selecting Martin St. Louis

“It was a little emotional when he got the news. It's tough. I don’t know what more you can do or expect from him to be able to make this team. For me it's tough to see Marty as upset as he was. He may not admit it, but he's worked extremely hard to try to get an opportunity to get himself in the mix.”

-- Steven Stamkos on St. Louis' reaction

"It’s tough today. It’s obviously disappointing. It was one of my dreams to be playing for Team Canada. I did the best I could and I didn't make it."

-- Claude Giroux, on being passed over for Team Canada

"He was ecstatic. When you make calls like that, it’s fun to be part of it."

-- Peter Chiarelli on breaking the news to Matt Duchene

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