Team Canada wants sec­ond crack at Mon­a­han

The na­tional ju­nior team also has its eyes on bring­ing Maple Leafs de­fence­man Mor­gan Reilly back

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Canada’s na­tional ju­nior team has its eyes on Cal­gary rookie Sean Mon­a­han again af­ter the Flames shook up their front of­fice Thurs­day.

They had al­ready been told Mon­a­han would not be loaned for the Dec. 26-Jan. 3 world ju­nior cham­pi­onship, but that was be­fore Flames pres­i­dent of hockey op­er­a­tions Brian Burke fired gen­eral man­ager Jay Feaster.

Scott Sal­mond, the ju­nior squad’s di­rec­tor of hockey op­er­a­tions, said it won’t hurt to ask again if the gifted for­ward is avail­able, even if it may be a long shot.

“A no is a no whether it comes from Brian Burke or Jay,” said Sal­mond. “Out of re­spect for Brian we’ll go back and ask again. I’m sure Brian was part of the orig­i­nal de­ci­sion. Whether things change or not will be up to the Cal­gary Flames, but it’s worth a try.”

The ju­nior team is also hop­ing to bring Toronto Maple Leafs de­fence­man Mor­gan Rielly back for a sec­ond world ju­nior tour­na­ment, but so far the Leafs have been re­luc­tant to let him go. The NHL club is ex­pected to make a de­ci­sion by Tues­day.

The ju­niors have al­ready got rear­guard Mathew Dumba from the Min­nesota Wild.

Another ques­tion hang­ing as play­ers ar­rived a few at a time for a three-day camp in Toronto was the health of Hali- fax Moose­heads star for­ward Jonathan Drouin, who suf­fered a con­cus­sion last week.

Drouin said he is feel­ing bet­ter and hopes to be cleared by team doc­tors to skate in camp. He was to be ex­am­ined Thurs­day night.

“I want to get on the ice with the guys as soon as pos­si­ble, but it’s my health and I’m not go­ing to push it,” said Drouin, who is ex­pected to be a key of­fen­sive player for Canada.

Coach Brent Sut­ter doubts that Drouin will skate this week, but it won’t dis­rupt the team’s prepa­ra­tions ei­ther way.

DEREK LE­UNG/GETTY IM­AGES

Sean Mon­a­han of the Cal­gary Flames cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing the game- win­ning goal against the New Jer­sey Devils dur­ing an NHL game at Sco­tia­bank Sad­dle­dome on Oct. 11.

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