The Canadian "B" Team
Team Canada's highly debated roster is now set, and as expected, many exceptional players find themselves on the outside of this dream team formed by Steve Yzerman and company. But what if the International Olympic Committee decided to reward the host country with the opportunity to field a second "B" team for the 2010 Olympics?
Canada is the only country that could easily fill a second team powerful enough to compete with the other superpowers, and even give their own "A" team a run for their money.
Now I give you my Canadian "B" Team, one of the greatest groups of leftovers ever assembled:
Marty Turco (DAL), Chris Mason (STL), Dwayne Roloson (NYI)
The veteran Marty Turco gets the start, Cam Ward's sub par season keeps him from cracking even the "B" squad.
Mike Green (WAS) - Bryan McCabe (FLA)
Dion Phaneuf (CAL) - Jay Bouwmeester (CAL)
Brian Campbell (CHI) - Ed Jovanovski (PHX)
Adam Foote (COL, Alt. Capt.)
Mike Green gets his redemption as the first defenseman named to the "B" team. Adam Foote is put on as the seventh defenseman and an assistant captain, a veteran of 3 olympics that still logs big minutes for a good Colorado team.
Steven Stamkos (TBL) - Vincent Lecavalier (TBL) - Martin St. Louis (TBL, Alt. Capt.)
Michael Cammalleri (MTL) - Brad Richards (DAL) - Dustin Penner (EDM)
Ryan Smyth (LAK, Alt. Capt.) - Jeff Carter (PHI) - Shane Doan (PHX, Captain)
Jordan Staal (PIT) - Stephen Weiss (FLA) - Nathan Horton (FLA)
John Tavares (NYI)
Steven Stamkos moves out to the wing to create a high-octane "Lightning" line. Penner, Cammalleri, and Richards are having great NHL seasons this year. Jeff Carter will center a line between two of Canada's proven leaders. Weiss and Horton provide the "B" team version of Getzlaf and Perry. John Tavares makes the cut as the 13th forward, and he will surely be a lock for the 2014 "A" team if the NHL sends its players.
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