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On Tuesday morning, Steve Yzerman, Mike Babcock and the rest of Team Canadas management unveiled the names of the 25 men who will wear the Maple Leaf next month in Sochi as Canada looks to defend its Olympic gold medal. Leandro Paredes Jersey . The roster is comprised of Stanley Cup champions, World Junior champions, numerous winners of individual NHL awards and eleven returning members of the team that struck gold in Vancouver in 2010. The resumes of these 25 players speak for themselves, but that doesnt mean that these selections come with universal acclaim. Many very deserving candidates will be watching the Games at home with the rest of Canada after being left off the final roster. So with armchair general managers from Victoria to Charlottetown dissecting the list of those going to Russia and those staying put, who do you think was the biggest snub for Team Canada? Starting in net, a pair of incumbents from the 2010 gold medal-winning team didnt receive the call. Now 41 and with his career winding down, it doesnt really come as a surprise that Martin Brodeur wont be heading to Sochi, but what about Marc-Andre Fleury? The Penguins goalie leads the league with 24 wins and holds a 2.23 GAA which is level with that of Roberto Luongos and higher than both of Mike Smiths and Carey Prices marks. Yes, Fleury has won a Stanley Cup, but did his reputation for floundering in big games negate his chances of once again wearing a Team Canada sweater? Montreal native Corey Crawford is coming off a Stanley Cup championship with the Chicago Blackhawks and, though having missed 10 games due to injury, is once again putting up stellar numbers for a team also looking to repeat. Is Crawfords success viewed as a byproduct of the stellar team in front of him? What about Josh Harding? Arguably, the most inspirational story of the year in the NHL, the 29-year-old has emerged as Minnesotas unquestioned starting goalie for the first time in his eight-year NHL career and completely run with the ball, all the while undergoing treatment for Multiple Sclerosis. Harding leads the league with a miniscule 1.33 GAA, has a .933 save percentage (third in the NHL,) three shutouts and 18 wins. Moving to the blue line, turnover was expected with two stalwarts in Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger no longer playing, but Brent Seabrook, another member of the Vancouver 2010 squad, finds himself on the outside looking in. Seabrook is top-five in scoring among defencemen, is joint league-leader in plus/minus and plays over 21 minutes a night for the Blackhawks alongside Duncan Keith, who is headed to Sochi. With Babcock pushing for an eight-man defensive corps made up of four right and four left defencemen, Seabrook found himself behind the likes of Drew Doughty, Alex Pietrangelo, Shea Weber, and P.K. Subban on the right-sided depth chart. Still, is it wise to look past Seabrooks past Olympic success and the fact that his partnership with Keith, the blueliner likely to log the most minutes for Canada, is arguably the NHLs most steady? How much of a factor were injuries in the overlooking of Marc Staal of the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins D-man Kris Letang? Two more defencemen who toil for Canadian teams who play heavy minutes also didnt receive the call, Torontos Dion Phaneuf and Mark Giordano of the Flames. Are there any more blueliners who you would have liked to see head to Russia? The debate about Canadas forward contingent will likely be the most hotly contested with several significant names not getting picked for duty. For starters, the NHLs assist leader isnt going to Sochi. A member of the 2006 and 2010 Canadian Olympic teams, Joe Thornton (43 assists) was not named on Tuesday morning. Martin St. Louis is leading the Tampa Bay Lightning with 17 goals and 21 assists while Claude Giroux tops the Flyers squad with 12 goals and 26 assists. Eric Staal is his usual reliable self with the Carolina Hurricanes with 35 points in 42 games. Who else deserved to be named to the Olympic team and didnt? And as always, its Your! Call. Bruno Peres Jersey . So far, so good: Gonzalez has allowed one run through 12 innings this season. His second start came Tuesday night, when he gave up only three singles over six innings to lead the Nationals to a 5-0 victory over the Miami Marlins. Edin Dzeko Jersey . "Im not even that added up," the 39-year-old Australian replied. 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Doctors allowed him to return to full practice on Tuesday and while Crosby is pleased with the way his body is responding he refuses to put on his return.WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers still dont know whether quarterback Drew Willy will be able to play in Saturdays home game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, coach Mike OShea said Tuesday.Its really just a question of how he feels, added OShea, who said they likely wont answer that question until Friday.Well check in with him tomorrow and see if he can come out to practice and still feel good and then well just keep that process going along right up until the last-ditch minute.Willy threw balls Tuesday but the team didnt let him talk after practice. He hurt his shoulder in a 26-9 loss to the B.C. Lions Sept. 13.Fortunately for the Bombers, it happened just as they started their bye week.With Willy uncertain, the Bombers have been giving backup Brian Brohm a few more plays with the first team in case he has to start Saturday.Im getting more reps than I get in a normal week as the backup, so that will help me be more prepared than I was last week, said Brohm, who would be making his first start for the Bombers.Brohm finished the game for Willy and completed only six of 13 passes for 33 yards. Mohamed Salah Jersey. Defensive back Johnny Sears could be making his first start since July because of an injury to halfback Bruce Johnsons heel.Its exciting for me right now, it almost feels like week one, said Sears.Thats my mindset going into it. Like everybody else we come off the bye week, we know how many weve got left, weve got to win this first one in order to do anything else so thats what were focusing on.Sears was initially sidelined with a lower-body injury in July but says hes been able to return for a month or so.The Bombers (6-6) are in last place in the CFL West Division while the surging Ticats are on a roll with quarterback Zach Collaros back. While only 4-7, they currently sit in first in the East Division with a game in hand over 4-8 Toronto and Montreal.Collaros has led the team to three wins in four games since his return from a concussion and he was named the CFLs offensive player of the week for his performance.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had the wrong game for Willys injury. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '