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6hScott Burnside

Biggest World Cup of Hockey surprises and snubs

The final World Cup of Hockey rosters for all eight reams are set -- and the selections include plenty of surprises and a few controversial choices.

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World Cup of Hockey roster: Team Russia

Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk headline Russia's roster, but the additional seven includes the suspended defenseman Slava Voynov.

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14hPierre LeBrun

Five things to know about the Sharks

San Jose -- which has been playing Cup-contending hockey since January -- is no Cinderella, but it has plenty of unsung heroes. Here's a cheat sheet to help you get up to speed on the Sharks.

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2dPaul Lukas

Uni Watch: World Cup of Hockey jerseys

The jerseys for the World Cup of Hockey have been rolled out, and while the designs range from spectacular to adequate, all of the sweaters share one particular flaw.

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16hCraig Custance

What Dylan Sadowy can do for the Red Wings

Craig Custance examines what new trade acquisition Dylan Sadowy can do for Detroit. Plus, another round of #CustanceCorrespondence.

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Murray-Fleury, DeBoer-Hitchcock, Joel Ward

Scott Burnside, Craig Custance and Pierre LeBrun cover the Penguins switching from Matt Murray to Marc-Andre Fleury in goal and the coaching battle in the Western Finals between Pete DeBoer and Ken Hitchcock. Plus, Sharks RW Joel Ward joins.


Kessel left off USA's World Cup of Hockey roster

Phil Kessel is the biggest name missing from the final seven roster spots that were named for Team USA in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.


Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Willy Nylander looking like Ronaldo on that goal (that's a good thing right? I don't know where the soccer/football crowd stands on him)

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Team Canada has notified 6-7 players that didn't make the roster that they're next-in-line in case of injuries, a taxi squad if you will.

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Reason Team Canada adamant on adding another LHD is that should Keith or Vlasic get hurt in tourney, you don't want to go down to just 1 LHD

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Lot of guys who had strong Worlds/playoffs/end of season stretches on the final roster spots. Wasn't everything, but moved some needles.

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

The player whose stock rose the most over the last few months of Doug Armstrong and his management staff talking: Joe Thornton.

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

The depth on RHD always meant some big names like Seabrook, Subban and Letang were going to miss out. Needed to add a LHD (Muzzin)