Could the Canadian men’s hockey team that is following have some star power?
Team general manager Sean Burke said that he is asked about availability and the plans of NHLers and agents that were present Jarome Iginla and Shane Doan.
Burke, who is building the Canadian roster indicated that if they were to be contemplated both Olympians would need to be playing. He reached out on Tuesday.
“we would like to check out all possibilities, but there needs to be a long-term strategy as it is going to very extreme (at the Olympics) and it is going to be great hockey and men will have to have a strategy for the season,” Burke said on a conference call, which also contained the group’s head coach Willie Desjardins.
The two veterans are interested is another question.
“We really aren’t dealing with this issue as of today,” Don Meehan, Iginla’s representative, said in an email to The Canadian Press.
Canada completed two championships in Russia with 45 players vying for spots on the squad in Pyongchang. That group included former NHLers such as Gilbert Brule, Mason Raymond, Max Talbot and Derek Roy.
Goaltending was divided between Toronto Maple and Edmonton Oiler Leaf Ben Scrivens, year Justin Peters, who played three games for the Arizona Coyotes, and Kevin Poulin, who is totalled 50 games.
Doan finished his season with the Coyotes, who announced their captain wouldn’t be re-signed. The 41-year-old that was soon-to-be represented Canada at the 2006 Olympics.
Iginla, who had 14 goals and 27 points playing for Kings and the Avalanche last season, has played including teams in 2010 and 2002.
Their participation in the 2018 Games would preclude a return to the NHL. The team decided against allowing its players to participate after five appearances, starting in 1998.
“We played games in August and the speed of those games and the intensity was very good and that is likely to rise as we move along so anyone that is going to play on this team, regardless of what their pedigree or what they have done previously, we are going to think about,” Burke said.
The Canadian GM, who played for Canada in the 1992 and 1988 Olympics, said he expected to have a roster set into place by November’s bones when Canada takes part.