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The USA Sochi Olympics all-snubbed hockey team

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Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson was left off the 2014 USA Olympic hockey team.

Blueliner Jack Johnson’s fire will likely be missed in big games. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

A look at the worthy players who were left out when the roster for Team USA was announced today in Ann Arbor:

MUIR: Cuts show depth, potential of Team USA


Ben Bishop (Tampa Bay Lightning): No American has more wins or a better save percentage than the 27-year-old, but his lack of experience hurt. He would have been slotted at No. 3 at best, so he was unlikely to have seen action in any case.

Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils): A real talent and a big-game player, but he’s never really got his feet under him since his trade to the Devils.

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  • Published On Jan 01, 2014
  • Top Line: Don Cherry defends John Scott; Duchene rips Sacco; more links

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    Colorado locked up Matt Duchene and secured another key part of its long-term future. [Michael Martin/Getty Images]

    Matt Duchene and the Avalanche have made a strong start to the season. [Michael Martin/Getty Images]

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Aw, Grapes, say it ain’t so. Don Cherry used his bully pulpit on Hockey Night In Canada to sympathize with suspended enforcer John Scott. Not often you catch him this far off base. You can see the whole video here.

    • Meanwhile over on “Hotstove Tonight,” the boys talk about the possibility of holding coaches and general managers liable for the misdeeds of the miscreants they employ.

    • Matt Duchene explains the secrets to this season’s success, talks his new diet and rips ex-coach Joe Sacco. This is a great read from sleep-deprived scribe Adrian Dater.

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  • Published On Oct 27, 2013
  • Team USA stars speak out on gay rights, avoid Russian laws

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    Team USA Olympic Orientation Camp

    Next question: Sochi hopefuls are trying to be diplomatic about Russia’s controversial ant-gay law. (Susan Walsh/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    The players at USA Hockey’s pre-Olympic orientation camp knew the questions were coming. And they were well prepared.

    At least, that’s how it felt yesterday when three of them addressed the issue of the anti-gay propaganda legislation that was recently enacted in Russia. The answers felt a little . . . scripted, and not quite on point regarding the players take on the Olympic host counry. Instead, the players’ carefully crafted message was geared more towards inclusivity in the NHL, and their answers played like a PSA for the You Can Play Project.

    That’s a good thing . . . but it was also a neat sidestepping of the controversy.

    “I think the position of USA Hockey is [that] hockey is for everyone,” Blues captain David Backes said. “I think as an American who believes in the freedom that we have and the way that we run our society and culture, everyone has the right to participate in sports or live their lifestyle the way that they want. I’m supportive of anyone. We had our first gay basketball professional athlete come out this year. My stance then, and now, is anyone is welcome in my locker room with the St. Louis Blues that lives that lifestyle. I don’t care if you’re black, white, green, purple, gold [or] what you think. As long as you’re committed to the team aspect and the way that we’re playing, you’re always welcome on my team.

    Backes eventually got back around to the topic at hand . . . sort of.

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  • Published On Aug 28, 2013
  • NHL 2013 trade rumor tracker

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    Ryane Clowe of the San Jose Sharks

    Sharks winger Ryane Clowe is a person of interest to several teams, but has a steep price tag. (Alex Gallardo/AP)

    The latest trade news and rumors. Check back for daily updates. And on deadline day itself, track all the latest updates with our live blog.

    By Allan Muir

    April 2

    Davis Drewiske: Darren Dreger of TSN reports that the Canadiens have acquired the young defender from the Kings for a 2013 fifth-round pick. Solid depth move for Montreal.

    Toronto Maple Leafs: Chris Johnston of Sportsnet says the Leafs are still in hot pursuit of Miikka Kiprusoff and also are in the market for a defender.

    Boston Bruins: An NHL source told that Peter Chiarelli is still in shopping mode. “He’s looking for a defenseman for sure, possibly another bottom-six forward.”

    Ryane Clowe: With Jaromir Jagr going to Boston, it’s thought the Bruins are out of the running for Clowe. Several sources put the Rangers as the favorites to acquire the scoreless winger from San Jose.

    Nate Schmidt: Not a trade, but multiple sources reporting the Caps have signed the offensive-minded defender that most ranked as the second-best of this season’s NCAA free agent class.

    Jaromir Jagr: Mike Heika reports a done deal. Jagr to Boston for two prospects and a pick. Details to come.

    Derek Roy: Multiple sources have the Stars dealing the veteran center to Vancouver for a second rounder and a prospect. More to come.

    Jaromir Jagr: Renaud Lavoie of RDS reports the Stars have told Jagr he will be dealt today. Frontrunners appear to be Boston and Montreal.

    Marc-Andre Bergeron: Renaud Lavoie of RDS says defender Marc-Andre Bergeron is not on the ice at morning skate and should be traded today. Bergeron is useful as a power-play specialist, but not much else. UPDATE: Bergeron has been dealt to Carolina for the previously waived Adam Hall and a seventh-round pick.

    Miikka Kiprusoff: Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun reports the Leafs have been given permission by the Flames to speak with Kipper in an effort to convince him to come to Toronto.

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  • Published On Mar 18, 2013