The Bruins had three players invited to the Team Canada development camp over the summer in Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand, but only one ended up making the cut when the roster was announced on Tuesday morning during a lengthy presentation in Toronto.
Bergeron will once again be a bottom-six center for Team Canada after helping them win a gold medal four years ago in Vancouver, but both Lucic and Marchand were left off the roster.
The Marchand decision wasn’t much of a surprise given the really slow start to the 2013-14 NHL season for the Nose Face Killah, but the Lucic cut was one of the last for a Team Canada management group that included B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli.
The thinking was that Lucic could give Team Canada a very unique blend of physicality/skill that could also be a force among the bottom six forwards, but the challenge of skating on an Olympic sheet in Russia was a big consideration.
“We had (Lucic, Marchand) at [Team Canada orientation camp that didn’t make it in the end,” said Chiarelli to TSN following the announcement. “You fight for ‘em and talk about where they fit, and where they would belong. But there are so many good players to choose from for a team like this.”
The B’s general manager was asked a follow-up question about the big ice surface being a huge consideration, and didn’t deny any of it.
“You can get lost on the big sheet,” said Chiarelli. “The talk about [skating speed for Team Canada players] was a big factor.”
Lucic isn’t the only player that missed the cut, as big names like Joe Thornton, Marty St. Louis and Claude Giroux weren’t named to the team along with San Jose forward Logan Couture.
Here’s the Team Canada roster:
Forwards (14): Jamie Benn, Patrice Bergeron, Jeff Carter, Sidney Crosby, Matt Duchene, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz, Patrick Marleau, Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Patrick Sharp, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Jonathan Toews.
Defense (8): Jay Bouwmeester, Drew Doughty, Dan Hamhuis, Duncan Keith, Alex Pietrangelo, P.K. Subban, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Shea Weber.
Goalies (3): Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Mike Smith.