Monday, June 20, 2005

Leading contenders for Turin 2006 Winter Games

Goal: Jose Theodore, Montreal Canadiens; Marty Turco, Dallas Stars.Defence: Eric Brewer, Edmonton Oilers; Jay Bouwmeester, Florida Panthers; Scott Hannan, San Jose Sharks; Robyn Regehr, Calgary Flames, Dan Boyle, Tampa Bay Lightning.Forward: Kris Draper, Detroit Red Wings; Dany Heatley, Atlanta Thrashers; Kirk Maltby, Detroit Red Wings; Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks; Brenden Morrow, Dallas Stars; Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning.Theodore, who showed his big-game prowess when Montreal upset Boston in the first round of the playoffs in April 2004, was the World Cup third-stringer and will push Luongo as the No. 2 man behind Brodeur, especially if he gets off to a great start with the Habs next season. Turco was the world championship third-stringer and will at least probably be invited to the orientation camp after giving up a month of his time in Austria and never once dressing. Hockey Canada doesn't forget those things.Brewer won Olympic gold in 2002 and the World Cup in '04, but his play tailed off in Edmonton last season. He needs to re-assert himself this fall.Bouwmeester, Hannan and Regehr were on the World Cup team, and Boyle was one of Canada's top defencemen at the world tourney, not to mention a big part of Tampa's Cup triumph.Draper, Heatley, Maltby, Marleau, Morrow and St. Louis all were on the World Cup team. While Heatley was once considered a lock for Turin, his play at the World Cup and at the world championship was below his standards.

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