Team Canada Olympic Roster Announcement: Reasons Why Rick Nash Was Selected

January 7th, 2014 by Tom Urtz Jr. Leave a reply »

Rick Nash was not on this writer’s list to make Team Canada, but ultimately, it had no effect on the final roster that was announced Tuesday morning after a lengthy Ted Cruz-like filibuster. Team Canada announced its 25-man roster for the Sochi Games on Tuesday, and to the surprise of many, Nash was chosen to represent his country.

He beat out worthy forwards such as Taylor Hall, James Neal, Claude Giroux and Logan Couture, all of whom are having better seasons than the Brampton, Ontario native. There was no explanation for the absence of these players, but one could assume that it doesn’t have anything to do with “sleepy skating.”

Ultimately, the choice won't be a popular one amongst NHL fans, but it appears that international experience and past performance played a role in his selection to Team Canada.

There is no sugarcoating from this keyboard when it comes to Nash. He was billed as a superstar when he was traded to the New York Rangers over the summer of 2012, but he hasn’t lived up to that billing on a consistent basis. The $7.8 million man has struggled mightily this season, and throug ...

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