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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Chris Kunitz and Six Other Pens' Players Are Going To The Olympics

The 2014 Olympic hockey rosters have been finalized. In a shocking event, Evgeni Malkin (Russia) and Sidney Crosby (Canada) both made their respected teams. In all seriousness, congrats to those two, and the five other Penguins' players that made their teams, especially since the other five Pens' players, other were pretty much all on the fence. Especially Chris Kunitz, who has caused quite an uproar on the internet.

Kunitz, who often gets discredited because he plays on the same line as Crosby, made Team Canada today, and will most likely continue playing wing with Crosby during the Olympics. Canadians are going to have to learn to embrace this. Perhaps the biggest shocker was Rick Nash making the team over Claude Giroux. Nash has a lot of experience at the international level, but has not played well over the last few seasons. Marc-Andre Fleury, James Neal, and Kris Letang were the omissions from Team Canada, however, all three players could be possible alternates if injuries arise.

Of course both Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik were named to Team USA, as they will be coached by their current NHL head coach Dan Bylsma. Evgeni Malkin was named to Team Russia, and he will play against the Bylsma-coached Team USA in the first pool. Jussi Jokinen and 19-year old Olli Maatta were named to Team Finland. You have to feel good for Maatta.The NHL will take a break from the 2013-14 regular season starting Feb. 9. The break will last through Feb. 26, while the tournament will take place from Feb. 12-23.

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