– As you surely know by now, Team USA announced its roster yesterday following the Winter Classic. There were a few surprises – Chris Drury chief among them – and perhaps a few “snubs.” Of course, Patrick Kane was named to the roster, but Dustin Byfuglien was not.
The unveiling featured children in uniforms to be donned by each of the US players. Tim Thomas, on hand for the Boston Bruins, was introduced to the crowd last and presented by Brian Burke with a folded flag previously flown above a military base. Clearly flustered and unprepared, Thomas asked Burke if he should “unfurl it.” No, Tim, you shouldn’t.
That leaves the Hawks with six Olympians: Kane for the US; Hossa and Kopecky for the Slovaks; and Toews, Kane and Seabrook for the Canadians.
We’ll have more extended thoughts on the US team in the next couple days.
– Tonight’s opponent, the St. Louis Blues, fired their coach, Andy Murray, this morning. Murray was the toast of the town last season when he led the overachieving group into the playoffs, but couldn’t get the job done this year.