The Bruins had three players invited to the Team Canada development camp over the summer in Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand, but only one ended up making the cut when the roster was announced on Tuesday morning during a lengthy presentation in Toronto. Bergeron will once again be a bottom-six center for Team Canada after helping them win a gold medal four years ago in Vancouver, but both Lucic and Marchand were left off the roster. The Marchand decision wasn’t much of a surprise given the really slow start to the 2013-14 NHL season for the Nose Face Killah, but the Lucic cut was one of the last for a Team Canada management group that included B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli. The thinking was that Lucic could give Team Canada a very unique blend of physicality/skill that could also be a force among the bottom six forwards, but the challenge of skating on an Olympic sheet in Russia was a big consideration. “We had (Lucic, Marchand) at [Team Canada orientation camp that didn’t make it in the end,” said Chiarelli to TSN following the announcement. “You fight for ‘em and talk about where they fit, and where they would belong. But there are so many good players to choose from for a team like this.” The B’s general manager was asked a follow-up question about the big ice surface being a huge consideration, and didn’t deny any of it.
Bergeron makes Team Canada, Lucic does not
NBC Sports Boston | Jan 7