Although Canada will win the Gold Medal in 2010 (c'mon take your best shot!!) I thought it would be fun to name the team now and save everyone the wait! Of course you might not agree with my opinion here and I look forward to your input.
Let's start in the back for a change because this could be more muddy than we think. To me, hands down, it's Luongo. BUT he honestly didn't play up to his own standards last year and we have the emergance of Price and Fleury. In terms of experiance Marty Turco is there and J.S. Giguere... i don'ty like him but he has results.
So: Luongo- Turco- J.S. for goalie
Defence is actually a lot easier as we are pretty set, the extra two guys they take are anyone's guess but i'll do my best.
Phanuef, Regehr ( it's not an accident I mentioned them first, i'm clearly biased), Pronger, Weber, Bouwmeester, Green. Extra spots will be up to a couple guys with my vote going to Keith and Burns.
Now as any opposing team would you like to line up against Dion or pronger?? Perhaps Regehr?? No?? Didn't think so. Oh, but IF you get by them you get to shot on Luongo...
NOW... The forwards... ( This is where you wonder if I'm smart enough to pick the best forward from your team!!)
Centers (not in order either)... J. Thornton, he just too good. Crosby...he's just too good. Lecavalier...He's just too good. And the last spot?? hmmm it's tough... I'll go with Spezza although Toews could work as well I'll save him for a wing.
L.W. (again in no particular order) Heatly, he's from Calgary and therefore is a shoe in. I'm kidding about that but he's awesome. Nash. Getzlaf and Toews. Yes I know they also play center and that's why they work! Cammalleri could make a push here as well depending on his time in Calgary with Iggy.
R.W. Iginla, Iginla, Iginla and Iginla quadruple shifted. If the coach doesn't like that suggestion let's go with St. Louis, Perry and E. Staal. Again centers work everywhere...it's great!!
I'm sure you have a huge list of natable you'd like in there and there will be injuries! There's left wingers I didn't even include like Gagne, and there's great players who are up and coming like Richards, there's players that have won it all like Brad Richards... But really does it matter?? Canada is winning Gold.
I would like to hear your thoughts and also who should coach??