Few Canes competing in World Championship
04/15/2014 4:28 PM
04/15/2014 4:29 PM
The Canes won't have a heavy representation at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.
Forward Andrei Loktionov said he would attend Russia's training camp but was not sure if he would compete in the event that begins next month. Goalie Anton Khudobin is another possibility for the Russian team.
Defenseman Justin Faulk (Team USA) and forward Jeff Skinner (Canada) have participated in the Worlds in past years but both will pass this year. Skinner had bandages around both big toes Tuesday and said he needed treatment for painful ingrown toenails.
Jiri Tlusty said he would not play for the Czech Republic, saying he had a contract to resolve -- the forward will be a restricted free agent -- and a sore shoulder that needs time to heal.
Jordan Staal played for Canada last year in Sweden but said he had not been given an invitation, smiling and adding, "Been that kind of year." Elias Lindholm, who competed for Sweden in the 2014 World Junior Championship, said he also had not gotten an invite, noting he's probably too young at 19.
General manager Jim Rutherford said Eric Staal's injury at the Worlds last year might have had a chilling effect. Staal was the Canadian team captain and hopeful of being on Team Canada's Olympic team in Sochi, only to suffer a serious knee injury after a knee-on-knee hit from Alex Edler of Sweden.
"He went and got hurt and it affected his season and he was not picked after winning a gold medal for Canada (in 2010)," Rutherford said.
Forward Nathan Gerbe said he received an invitation from Team USA but would not go, preferring to spend time with his family. Gerbe's brother-in-law was killed in a Michigan traffic accident last fall.
Former Canes coach Peter Laviolette has been named head coach for Team USA.
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