Friday, February 17, 2006

Forsberg To Play; Canada Undoubtedly Dismayed

It's never easy to win a tournament like the Olympic Men's Hockey competition, but it seems the path to Olympic glory has been cleared somewhat for our neighbors to the north. Consider the luck and other circumstances that have befallen pre-tourney favorite Canada's top competition:
To be fair, Canada has suffered some key injuries too, notably to blueliners Scott Niedermayer and Ed Jovanovski, which has left their depleted d-corps with only two Norris Trophy winners instead of three and forced them to put the NHL's third-leading defenseman scorer in the lineup. Hopefully they can pull together as a team and overcome this obstacle.

All of the above leads up to this: in light of the way things seem to be falling into place for Team Canada, I was surprised to read today that Forsberg has declared himself fit to play for the rest of the tournament. But maybe he'll re-injure himself before the medal round. The way things are going for the non-Canadian hockey world so far, it might be worth calling up Rick Tocchet and placing a wager on.

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