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This hunch is informed by an historical overview of elite Swedish players in the NHL. They almost always sink strong roots in their North American city, like
For one thing, it's not original. Toronto fans did the same to
According to an NHL team executive, his organization initially viewed the right-side blueliner as a $6 million player but downgraded him slightly after his mediocre season. One problem is the rugged Komisarek brings virtually no offense into the equation. He is an upgrade over
"It's tough to justify $6 million for a player without any offense (two goals and 11 points in 66 games)," the assistant GM says, "but then it takes only team."
Even with cap money tight, it seems unlikely that Washington would buy out Théodore. The Capitals have another young goalie with star potential in the organization --
Nylander is a thornier problem. He was a healthy scratch in five of the seven playoff games against the Rangers and sat out the opener against Pittsburgh. With two years remaining on his four-year, $19.5 million contract, he is a glum albatross on the team that otherwise leads the NHL in chuckles.
The answer is, alas, no.
Despite a strong, if stealthy, second half of his rookie season and an impressive start on the big ice at the worlds -- Vancouver 2010 will use an NHL-sized rink, incidentally -- Stamkos finds himself at potentially the most stacked position on Canada's potential roster.
Savard doesn't have many friends at Hockey Canada after turning down multiple invitations to play in previous world championships, but he has jumped into the mix this season with his strong performance on the championship-caliber Bruins. Considering that a dearth of offense killed Canada in Torino 2006, general manager