- Frank Provenzano, ESPN Insider
Some things are notable primarily for the sheer audacity of the excess that defines them. A-Rod's ego. Virtually anything associated with a Kardashian. Add to this list the roster alternatives for the Hockey Canada management team as it heads into the deadline month of December.
The issue here isn't so much who will be on the final Canadian Olympic team roster, but rather who won't be on the team that will likely compete for gold in Sochi. Here's my take on some of the roster questions that will be debated up north from every conceivable angle.
• Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks
• Corey Perry, W, Anaheim Ducks
• Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago Blackhawks
• John Tavares, C, New York Islanders
• Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins
• Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay Lightning
With a ridiculous amount of offensive firepower, it is difficult to "lock in" too many players on Canada's forward group without further comparative analysis. That being said, my top nine spots on the Canadian attack would have these six players chiseled in stone. I include Stamkos on this list because the Canadian team can invoke an "injury clause" and replace him on the roster at some point closer to the start of the tournament, and my guess is that the management team is willing to wait until the last possible moment to rule him out.
Frank Provenzano breaks down the toughest position battles competing for a spot on Team Canada ahead of the 2014 Olympics.