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Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY ROBIN SHORT

An­ge­les Kings rear­guard Drew Doughty.

Doughty, to be fair, has piled up 17 points in 20 games since he was named to the squad.

“ We can sit here and drive our­selves crazy, say­ing we should have done this, we should have done that,” Yzerman said. “But there was a lot of hockey watched, and a lot of dis­cus­sions and which play­ers would be the best fit.

“ We had to make a de­ci­sion by Dec. 30 know­ing full well a lot of guys would light it up. There’s go­ing to be sec­ond-guess­ing, and there’s no way around that.”

But noth­ing com­pared to what the Cana­dian hi­er­ar­chy will face if this club fiz­zles as it did in 2006.

“Cana­di­ans don’t win all the time, un­for­tu­nately,” said Kevin Lowe, who served in the Cana­dian Olympic staffs un­der Wayne Gret­zky in 2002 and ’06. “But we come with pride and pas­sion and we be­lieve we can win.”

As for keep­ing play­ers con­tented with their new roles in Van­cou­ver, Yzerman does not fore­see it be­ing much of a prob­lem.

Many play­ers, ac­cus­tomed to am­ple ice time, both on spe­cial teams and five-on-five, will see their min­utes re­duced. Oth­ers, per­haps Joe Thorn­ton, will be asked to play a shut­down role in­stead of an of­fen­sive game.

“It comes down to char­ac­ter, and we be­lieve we have guys with char­ac­ter,” the GM said.

How­ever, one player who will con­tinue to see lots of ice is Pittsburgh Pen­guins star Sid­ney Crosby. While Ana­heim vet­eran Scott Nei­der­mayer will be wear­ing the cap­tain’s C, most be­lieve this is in­deed Crosby’s team.

“He’s a com­plete player, much like Michael Jor­dan,” Yzerman said of Canada’s mar­quee player. “Ev­ery year, they tried to find some­thing wrong with his ( Jor­dan’s) game and he got bet­ter and bet­ter.

“Not say­ing there was any­thing wrong with Sid’s game, but I’ve watched ev­ery part of his game im­prove. We saw him first hand the past two years in the Stan­ley Cup fi­nal, to our dis­may. Whether it was face­offs, or de­fen­sive play, what­ever ... what’s he got now, 41 goals?

“He’s a com­plete hockey player.”

Mean­while, Yzerman said Ryan Get­zlaf ’s sta­tus re­mains up in the air. The Ana­heim Ducks cen­tre is out with an an­kle in­jury al­though he has been skat­ing lightly the past three days.

Olympic ros­ters are frozen at noon to­day and if Get­zlaf can’t go, he’ll be re­placed by Jeff Carter of the Philadel­phia Fly­ers.

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