- The Czech Republic has lost arguably the best goaltender of his generation (Dominik Hasek, who is in the midst of a Vezina-caliber season in the NHL) and arguably its second-best forward (Patrik Elias).
- Sweden lost a top-line forward (Markus Naslund) and two of its better defensemen (Mattias Norstrom and Kim Johnsson) before the tournament even started, and was without its best player (Peter Forsberg) for a critical game against Russia that they lost.
- The United States inexpicably decided to leave its best goaltender (Ryan Miller) off the roster.
- Finland's two best goalies (Miikka Kiprusoff and Kari Lehtonen) pulled out of the tournament before it started.
- Russia is without its best netminder (Nikolai Khabibulin) too, as well as two-way defenseman Alexei Zhitnik.
- Slovakia has Ivan Majesky on its roster.
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.