— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) February 6, 2014
This all comes after the announcement yesterday that Stamkos would not be ready to participate in the Olympics. Results of a CT scan showed that Stamkos’ broken tibia has not completely healed yet, and therefore it was recommended by team doctors that he be re-evaluated in a few weeks. The news has to be crushing to Stamkos, but it also has fans of Team Canada worried as well. One does not simply replace the talent that is Steven Stamkos.
Initial speculation was that the announcement of a replacement could take a few days, however it appears Hockey Canada had a backup plan all along, as today’s announcement came quite early.
Since the Team Canada roster was announced, St. Louis has given Hockey Canada every reason to reconsider him to make the trip to Sochi. In that time he has 16 points, including a 4 goal game against the San Jose Sharks back on January 18th.
St. Louis was at the top of a short list of possible replacements that included Claude Giroux, Eric Staal, and James Neal. While Tampa Bay / Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman stated the decision to leave St. Louis off the initial roster was a committee decision, his familiarity with St. Louis’ play had to factor in the decision to name him as Stamkos’ replacement. There was just no way Martin St. Louis was going to be snubbed for a second time.
Yesterday we posted a poll asking our readers who should replace Stamkos on Team Canada’s roster. 59% of those who responded to the poll believed it should be Martin St. Louis to get that honor. Claude Giroux was a distant second with 19%.
We thank everyone who responded to our poll. Look for more news and fan polls as we approach the 2014 Olympic games!