Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Salei Named to Belarus, Sakic to All-Decade Team

Long time no blog. My absense mirrors that of fans in the Pepsi Center. Zing.

Belarus Olympic Team

To no surprise, the roster includes the only four Belarusians currently playing in the NHL -- defenseman Ruslan Salei of Colorado, and forwards Mikhail Grabovski of Toronto and brothers Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn, both of Montreal. The latter three will be appearing in their first Olympics.
There's no telling how long it's going to take Salei to recover, especially considering the less-than-sterling reputation that the Avalanche's training staff has.

Still, a nice honor for Salei, who, if healthy, will be one of the anchors of the Belarus defense.

In other news...

Through the first half of the decade, it's hard to find a player at any position who was better than Sakic, the face of the Colorado Avalanche from the day the franchise arrived in Denver in 1995 through his retirement this past summer.

NHL.com named their "All-Decade Team" this morning. Joining Sakic is Martin Brodeur, Nick Lidstrom, Scott Niedermayer, Alex Ovechkin, and Jarome Iginla.

On the second team was Chris Osgood (REALLY?), Chris Pronger, Zdneo Chara, Sidney Crosby, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Jaromir Jagr.

Besides Osgood, I think it's generally a solid list. It's nice Kovalchuk is getting recognition after being hidden in Atlanta his entire career.

Avs are off until Saturday.

Happy holidays!

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