The invitees to several Men’s Olympic Hockey teams orientation camps are announced, revisiting the Rick Nash trade, the latest on Dan Boyle, and more.
TSN.CA: has the list of invitees to Team Canada’s Men’s Olympic hockey team orientation camp. Notables include Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, P.K. Subban, Roberto Luongo, Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith, Shea Weber, Jonathan Toews, Eric and Jordan Staal, Joe Thornton and Martin St. Louis.
USA HOCKEY: released its list of invitees to Team USA’s Olympic orientation camp. Notables include Patrick Kane, Jonathan Quick, Zach Parise, Phil Kessel, Ryan Suter, Bobby Ryan, Dustin Brown, Keith Yandle, and Seth Jones.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: has the list of 35 candidates selected for Russia’s men’s team. Among them are Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk, Slava Voynov, Andrei Markov and Nail Yakupov.
NHL.COM: published the list of players invited to Sweden’s Men’s Olympic Hockey Team orientation camp. Among the invitees are Henrik Lundqvist, the Sedin Twins, Nicklas Backstrom, Erik Karlsson, Henrik Zetterberg, Loui Eriksson, Gabriel Landeskog, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
NHL.COM: released the list of invitees to Finland’s Olympic orientation camp. On the list is Tuukka Rask, Antti Niemi, Mikko and Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne, Tuomo Ruutu, Olli Jokinen, Kimmo Timonen and Aleksander Barkov.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The other notable hockey nations (including the Czech Republic, Slovakia and
Germany Switzerland) have yet to release their lists of invitees to their respective orientation camps.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline revisits the Rick Nash trade one year later, noting how (contrary to opinions at the time) the deal benefited the Blue Jackets more than expected.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At the time, the return to the Blue Jackets (Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a first round pick) was widely slammed by observers, but Dubinsky (20 points in 29 games), Anisimov (11 goals in 35 games) and Erixon (31 games, 5 points, +4) provided the Jackets with invaluable depth, playing key roles in the club’s late-season surge which fell just short of a playoff berth. While the overall consensus remains the NY Rangers got the better of the deal by landing Nash, over the long run this trade could turn into one which benefits the Blue Jackets more.
DAYTON DAILY NEWS: San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle, 37, acknowledged his age is starting to come up in conversation but he insists he feels great and will continue playing for as long as his body lets him.
NHL.COM: The Phoenix Coyotes signed five players yesterday, including defenseman David Rundblad, who inked a two-year contract. Rundblad played eight games last sason with the Coyotes.