Salo in Sweden's Olympic plans

By Alan Adams, Sportsnet.ca

Tommy Salo may have retired from the NHL but he is a part of Sweden’s plans for the 2006 Winter Olympic tournament in Italy in February.

Salo was one of five goaltenders and 65 players named to Sweden’s preliminary Olympic roster. Salo retired after last season but he changed his mind and joined Frolunda of Sweden’s Elite League after the team lost Henrik Lundqvist to the New York Rangers.Salo has seen the best of times and the worst of times under the Olympic banner for Sweden. He was in net for Sweden’s dramatic shootout win over Canada in the gold medal final of the 1994 Games in Lillehammer, Norway. And he was the goat when he was beat on a weak shot from outside the blueline allowing Belarus to eliminate Sweden in the quarter-finals of the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City.

Salo’s last NHL team was the Colorado Avalanche in 2003-04. The Edmonton Oilers sent him there in a trade deadline deal in March, ’04. He played for MoDO during the NHL lockout and retired after MoDO crashed and did not make the playoffs.

Lundqvist and Mikael Telqvist of the Toronto Maple Leafs are the only NHL goalies in the mix for Sweden’s Olympic team.

The Swedish list offers no real surprises and it includes Mats Sundin of the Maple Leafs, Peter Forsberg of Philadelphia, Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson, Nik Lidstrom of Detroit and twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin of Vancouver along with teammate Markus Naslund.

There are some former NHLers on the list, including Jonas Hoglund and Mikael Renberg, who both last played for the Maple Leafs. Defenceman Kenny Johnsson, who left the New York Islanders over the summer, is on the list and would be a strong candidate for the team.

The Swedes have until Oct. 24 to submit a list of candidates to their National Olympic Committee for the ’06 Games in Turin, Italy. The list can have an unlimited number of entries, but a player who is not on the list as of Oct. 24 cannot be added to the Olympic team at a later stage. 20 trade deadline deal in March, ’04. He played for MoDO during the NHL lockout and
retired after MoDO crashed and did not make the playoffs.

Lundqvist and
Mikael Telqvist of the Toronto Maple Leafs are the only NHL goalies in the mix
for Sweden’s Olympic team.

The Swedish list offers no real surprises and
it includes Mats Sundin of the Maple Leafs, Peter Forsberg of Philadelphia,
Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson, Nik Lidstrom of Detroit and twins Daniel and Henrik
Sedin of Vancouver along with teammate Markus Naslund.

There are some
former NHLers on the list, including Jonas Hoglund and Mikael Renberg, who both
last played for the Maple Leafs. Defenceman Kenny Johnsson, who left the New
York Islanders over the summer, is on the list and would be a strong candidate
for the team.

The Swedes have until Oct. 24 to submit a list of
candidates to their National Olympic Committee for the ’06 Games in Turin,
Italy. The list can have an unlimited number of entries, but a player who is not
on the list as of Oct. 24 cannot be added to the Olympic team at a later stage.
All players on the list will be subject to doping tests by the World Anti-Doping
Agency.

December 22 is the deadline for official Olympic rosters (20
skaters and three goaltenders). Players who are injured after this date can be
replaced until the final rosters are submitted 24 hours before the start of the
Olympic tournament.





Reprinted with permission from Sportsnet.ca


13 Responses to Salo in Sweden's Olympic plans

  1. habs79 says:

    Lundqvist and Tellqvist will be one, and two for Sweden in net. Canada has really got to pick the right players to go to Turin. With goalies like Hasek and Vokoun for the Czechs, Lethonen and Niittymaki for Finland. Canada may not have quite the edge in net they use to. Although they will have the best goalie in the world, except right now it might be Roberto Luongo.

  2. UWSensFan says:

    Don’t forget Miikka Kiprusoff for the Flames. Oh, and as for Canada’s goalies, I’m not too worried. We just have to pick Brodeur, Luongo and Theodore…we’ll be fine (oh, and we also have Turco, if he can get his game back to the level it was at back in the day).

  3. scotty2hotty says:

    Lethonen and Nittymaki?!?!?! Are you insane? You can’t just name goalies off the top of your head. I heard there’s a pretty decent goalie named Kiprusoff from Finland who might challenge your choices.

  4. habs79 says:

    Yeah you mean that same Kiprusoff that has looked completely lost this year? If he gets hot at the right time like he did last playoffs, he will be a threat. The way he is playing right now, I’m pretty sure he will lose the starting job come time to go to Turin.

  5. habs79 says:

    Yeah you mean that same Kiprusoff that has looked completely lost this year? If he gets hot at the right time like he did last playoffs, he will be a threat. The way he is playing right now, I’m pretty sure he will lose the starting job come time to go to Turin. As far as Lethonen and Niittymaki go, Lethonen has the talent to be a big part of the Thrashers making the playoffs, and Niittymaki will take the Flyers starting job from Esche and show just how good he is.

  6. habs79 says:

    I’m not saying Canada has a problem with their goalies. There is also Giguere of the Mighty Duck and a good young goalie in Carolina named Cam Ward, both off to great starts. I was just pointing out that the other counteries are catching up.

  7. habs79 says:

    When I said Canada has to pick the right players, I was reffering to who they pick for the whole team not just who they pick as the goalies. I apologize for any misunderstandings.

  8. scotty2hotty says:

    Kiprusoff apparently played great throughout the lockout in Sweden AND he played stellar for Finland a the World Championships. He’s had a slow start, but the Flames’ defense has been horrendous allowing 589 shots per game. He’ll bounce back and definitely be ahead of a couple of perennial backups around christmas.

  9. habs79 says:

    589 shots per game? I can’t even guess where the typo is, cause he has faced an average of 30 shots a game not much different from any other goalie. As far as playing well in Sweden, if that meant anything we would have all the top goal scorers and goalies brought over every year. Since we don’t it doesn’t mean much at all. As far as perennial backups go, Lethonen was suppose to be the starter before the groin injury, and now that Dunham is out he is guranteed the job back when he comes back in a couple of weeks. It’s only a mater of time before Antero Niittymaki takes the starter job from Esche, who has been almost as terrible as Kipper this season.

  10. rojoke says:

    With the NHL going to a more wide-open style of play, we may finally get to see whether or not the Swedish “Torpedo” system is all it’s cracked up to be. I’m not even sure if they used it in SLC or not. With NHL officials calling games, will the IIHF instruct the referees to call games as closely as they’ve called NHL games so far? Will NHL games be as closely called in February as they are now? If the answer to those questions is yes, then imagine the flow on a sheet of ice with an extra 15 feet of skating room to work around in.

  11. cecilturtle says:

    “Imagine the flow on a sheet of ice with an extra 15 feet (I think its more than 15 feet?) of skating room to work around in…” If the NHL made all the rinks olympic sized… There would be no need for the officials to crack down on obstruction. Why are the rinks smaller??? (Sorry for 3rd person) Because to make the room for the bigger rink the owners would lose front row seats “the most expensive seats in the house!” You would think that the NHL after using the fans for a absolute unconditional surrender of the Players Ass. might give something back to the fans? Like a bigger Ice rink? No!!! What Bettman and the owners are doing are making the players change the way they play the game by making this years Stanley Cup Champion the team with the best special teams.

    Actually, it seems Bettman decided that the NHL is going to do is crack down on all ruff play in general… SO, welcome to the new kinder and gentler NHL. Something mommy and sister can watch as well. Lots of pritty fenesse players (no offence Montreal) who skate real pritty like and score lots of goals. With all the obstruction rules now being called… Players are even being penialized for checking the puck carrier.

    It would have been so much better to leave the game the same and make the rinks bigger… Unfortunately, the owners care more about making money than making the game better for the fans!

    Cecil Turtle

  12. cecilturtle says:

    The book is open on Salo and he is too old to change… Bellaruse and every other team will just shoot at his big head and try to bank it off his oversized mask! Cant catch the head shot… Cant get out of its way. Salo is done! Lundqvist is only 23 and is better “now” than Salo ever was!

    Cecil Turtle

  13. eric_empire says:

    My call on the swedish goalis after followning both the NHL and the ES closely to this point…

    Lundquist will start

    Liv will be the no two gye (if he is hot, he is quite streeky)

    Tellquist will eat hamburger in the seats.

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