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The Morning Skate: Staal, Prospal, Rozy not on Olympic rosters

 

               And that leaves Ryan Callahan as pretty much the final Rangers candidate for the Vancouver Games when Team USA is announced on Friday. John Tortorella, an assistant coach for the team, said the American brass had an "extensive" conference call on Monday and noted that Callahan "didn't need any help on my part. People know the kind of player he is." 

              Marc Staal was not one of seven D announced for Canada, but in my opinion, could be among the injury replacement players; Rozsival, who did not play in 2006, was not amnong the eight D selected by the Czech Republic, and Prospal, who deserved to be on the team, is out two to three weeks following a knee scope. If there's an injury, there's an outside chance he could be tabbed as a replacement.

             Rozsival, who said his rough start this season may have impacted his chances, said he wasn't disappointed (but sounded a little like it). "Obviously, it's something you'd like to be a part of, but there's nothing I can do about it. Definitely, I’ll be watching and cheering for them," he said. "I’ve got a job to do here. I can’t really worry about that.” In shockers, Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden) and Marian Gaborik (Slovakia), were chosen earlier this week.

            As for tonight against the Flyers, Chris Drury did not practice for the second day---although Tuesday was a personal day. Tortorella described him as being "under the weather last night" and was sent home. Eric Christensen will dress for Prospal and Aaron Voros would step in for Drury if necessary. Brandon Dubinsky will replace Prospal on the first PP unit.

           Torts also rejected speculation that backup G Chad Johnson would face Carolina tomorrow in Raleigh. "He'll play in January," he said.

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