Not that it’s a surprise, but…
…expect to see Jonathan Quick named to the 2014 United States Olympic team in Sochi, Russia.
Poile indicates Team USA will have the last two Conn Smythe winners, obviously Quick and Kane
— JoshuaCooper (@JoshuaCooper) June 29, 2013
Nashville president and general manager David Poile will serve as general manager of the United States team, with Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero serving as assistant general manager. Anaheim Ducks consultant Brian Burke has been tabbed as the director of player personnel.
Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi will take part in the selection of the team along with Florida general manager Dale Tallon, Philadelphia manager Paul Holmgren, Pittsburgh scout Don Waddell and USA Hockey senior director of hockey operations Jim Johansson.
Pittsburgh’s Dan Bylsma will serve as head coach.
According to Rogers Sportsnet, the long-awaited agreement that would send NHL players to the Olympics is on the verge of being finalized.
Dustin Brown should be a lock for the United States team; likewise for Slava Voynov and Russia. Anze Kopitar shouldn’t have anything to worry about in regards to being selected for Slovenia’s entry. Expect Drew Doughty to earn a spot on Team Canada, while Mike Richards and Jeff Carter will be in consideration. Richards and Doughty represented Canada in 2010; Carter was a late cut.
Both Brown and Quick were members of the United States team that took home the silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics, losing 3-2 in overtime to host Canada in the gold medal game.