It's Official Blake's Out Of The World Cup

Hockey Canada confirmed Monday that Rob Blake would not be able to play in the World Cup of Hockey with an official announcement on Tuesday.

The Colorado defenceman injured his shoulder during last spring’s Stanley Cup playoffs.

Canada has been considering three possible replacements for Blake- Panther’s Jay Bouwmeester, Leafs’s Bryan McCabe and Scott Hannan of the Sharks. A decision will be made within next week said Hockey Canada

Sources say that Canada will select Hannan to replace Blake because of his excellant play during the playoffs shutting down other team’s best players.

Canada will lose one of it’s most experienced international players. Blake has represented his country five times in the World Championship, winning gold in 1994 and 1997. In addition, he has played for Canada in both the 1998 and 2002 Olympics, as well as the inaugural World Cup in 1996.

58 Responses to It's Official Blake's Out Of The World Cup

  1. habs_punk says:

    he did have an extra 7 games to do it in, but still it is pretty pitiful

  2. habs_punk says:

    i dont know what the stats are, but if you look at it on a per game basis, im sure souray blows mccabe right out of the water.

    up till the injury, souray and aucoin were far and away the top two d-men in the league

  3. habs_punk says:

    btw, im not gonna say all the leafs players are overrated over the past 30 years, but many of them are simply because of the toronto media. even sundin is a bit overrated, he is an amazing player, but he is not the god that the media makes him out to be. it seems that every player that comes to the leafs automatically becomes a star, and once they leave, they suck again. heck, i heard leaf fans all talking about how good it was to get kilger. i mean are you kidding me?? he couldnt even make the habs. somethings wrong when a player that big cant make a team desperately needing size.

    cujo was the best goalie in the league until the leafs got belfour, now cujo is just some average goalie playing in detroit.

  4. DarkPhoenix says:

    And you, like a typical anti-Leaf fan, put words in my mouth in order to come up with a more effective counter-argument.

  5. MightyJortikka says:

    Well i´m right here(in Finland), isn´t internet nice.

    Sorry, i would pick Teppo Numminen(in his younger years) in to any team before Mccabe, that i would assamble and same thing with:

    Let´s se “some” NHL career stats:

    Jyrki Lumme 985 114 354 468

    Risto Siltanen 562 90 265 355

    Reijo Ruotsalainen 446 107 237 344

    Pekka Rautakallio 235 33 121 154

    Hannu Virta 245 25 101 126(Housley said, “the best defender his ever played with)

    Kari Eloranta 267 13 103 116

    Currently in NHL:

    Janne Niinimaa 637 51 249 300

    Kimmo Timmonen 414 55 141 196

    Sami Salo 348 35 90 125

    So accoring to points even Janne F´n Niinimaa is better that Mccabe. SORRY!!!

    And HeYMcbloopers stats 708 76 194 270

    Hey since i´m half swedish i even have the opportunity to even pick Börje F´n Salming before Mccabe. Suck That!

    The only Finnish D-man who play in the NHL and suck more than Mccabe(currently playing) are Berg and Niinimaa.

    BTW, Thank you that, next season because of the CBA, I will have to watch Aki Berg play in a EUROPEAN-size hockey rink and last time he played in Turku for TPS, well that´s another story.


    Dear sucka i happen to be a Leaf fan.

  6. leafs123212000 says:

    Regular Season Playoffs

    Souray: 63 games played 11 games played

    15 goals 0 goals

    20 assists 2 assists

    .555 points/game .018 points/game

    +4 -2

    McCabe: 75 games played 13 games played

    16 goals 3 goals

    37 assists 5 assists

    .707 points/game .615 points/game

    +22 0

    I rest my case….

    (all stats taken from

  7. habs_punk says:

    umm… yes… what the crap are you talking about? you say some crap about hall of fame leaf players, and then say you were referring to one specific player…. unless the leafs only have ONE hall of fame player, something isnt adding up.

  8. Kraut182 says:

    I don’t like the Hannan pick, it just seems to me to have the same idea as picking Giguere to play in goal for Canada after last years play offs. He’s getting more credit than he deserves for a good play off run. Also with losing Blake Canada looks like it could use a more offensive defensemen. IMO there are 3 better picks than Hannan out there:

    -McCabe would have been better if you wanted to go with way more offense.

    -Aucoin seems to me to bring the same level of defense, but with some more firepower and experience.

    -Bouwmeester brings the youth, if that’s where they’re going, and has always supported Canada in the past.

    Hannan’s fine, though, and I’m sure him and Regehr will have a great time in the press box.

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