It's Canada Day! Canadians may be going to the beach, firing up the barbeques and spending time with the family.
Oh yeah, and thinking about hockey.
It certainly will not be hard, even for a summer's day. After all, it is the opening day of NHL free agency. All eyes will be watching their favorite teams, with particular interest in this country on Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.
There are no shortages of websites covering all the goings on of the day. But I will be spending the day wondering about Team Canada for the upcoming Olympics.
Last week Canada named their coaching staff, and they will be naming their orientation camp invitee list any day now. The question I am wondering about on this Canada team is who will be at that camp in late August.
Reports have as many as 44 players invited to camp, which is a bit of an awkward number for scrimmages. Let's assume a roster of 26 forwards, 14 defensemen and 4 goalies.
Goalies - Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo are locks for the camp, if not the final team. Cam Ward will almost certainly be there. The fourth goalie to get the call - let's go with Marc-Andre Fleury. He did win the Stanley Cup less than a month ago, after all. Four goalies is manageable for practices and games. Any more is just cumbersome
Defense - Scott Niedermayer, Dan Boyle, Jay Bouwmeester, Shea Weber, Chris Pronger, Robyn Regehr, Duncan Keith, Mike Green, Brent Seabrook, Brent Burns, Dion Phaneuf, Marc-Eduoard Vlasic, Braydon Coburn and Drew Doughty. That leaves off a couple of veterans like Ed Jovanovski and Dan Hamhuis, who are unlikely get the call anyways. This allows Team Canada to better get to know the youngsters. I want to see Marc Staal there, too.
Forwards - There is no need to distinguish between the various forward positions. Canada will likely load up with centers anyways. For this orientation camp they are looking bring in the best 24 forwards possible - Sidney Crosby, Jarome Iginla, Vincent Lecavalier, Dany Heatley, Martin St. Louis, Eric Staal, Rick Nash, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Shane Doan, Brendan Morrow, Marc Savard, Simon Gagne, Joe Thornton, Joe Sakic, Patrick Marleau, Jason Spezza, Jonathan Toews, Derek Roy, Mike Cammalleri, Brad Boyes, Alexander Burrows, David Bolland and Jordan Staal.
What do you think? Should someone be added? If so, who should be removed? Let me know in the comments section.