The latest news on Canada’s Men’s Olympic hockey team, Senators coach Paul MacLean recalls his Olympic experience and an update on the Canucks.
TSN.CA: Canadian coach Mike Babcock assessed his initial lines and defense pairings during his team’s first practice in Sochi. Among the notable combinations was Jeff Carter on the first line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz while Duncan Keith was paired with Shea Weber.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: TSN provided the complete listing but don’t expect those lines and pairings to remain intact. Babcock juggled them up during the Vancouver Olympics and I daresay he’ll do the same as the need arises throughout this tournament.
SPORTSNET: Defenseman Drew Doughty has learned a lot since winning gold with Canada during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
CBC.CA: Canadian GM Steve Yzerman defended NHL participation in the Winter Olympics.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be the NHL owners who decides if the league continues its Olympic participation. I have my doubts we’ll see the NHL taking part in future Olympics.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators coach Paul MacLean recalls his Olympic experience at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, MacLean had a big moustache back then too.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks need rest and recovery during the Olympic break.