Jeff Carter Out, Corey Perry In
Team Canada enters the 2016 World Cup of Hockey Tournament making its third roster change before training camp is set to open in the coming days. Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter has pulled out of the tournament with a lower body injury and will be replaced by Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry. While Canada has plenty of depth at the forward position Carter will be missed he was a revelation in the 2014 Sochi Olympics leading all Canadian forwards with five points (3 goals, 2 Assists in six games). Perry is no stranger to Team Canada many were surprised when he didn’t make the team not only on the initial roster but not over Logan Couture as well. In 38 games with Canada Perry has scored 13 goals and 15 assists as well as accumulating 20 penalty minutes.
Sean Monahan Out, Trochek In
Team North America also got a setback today as Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan also dropped out of the tournament with a back injury suffered in pre-season training. He will be replaced by Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck. Trocheck had previously represented the USA at the 2012 World Junior Championship and again in the at the 2014 World Championships. Last year for the Panthers Trochek played 76 games scoring 25 goals and 28 assists for 53 points.
David Krejci Stepping Out?
It is being widely reported that Boston Bruins forward David Krejci will not be able to suit up for the Czech Republic team in the World Cup of Hockey as he continues to recover from offseason surgery on his back. Nothing has been made official and a replacement has not been made but it’s definitely a storyline worth watching.
Andersen Leaves Olympic Qualifier
Likely Team Europe starting goaltender and Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Fredrik Andersen left the ice during an Olympic qualifier playing for Denmark against Slovenia. It is unknown if he is actually injured and if so how badly or if he was removed from the game as a precaution. This is something that officials of both Team Europe and the Maple Leafs will be watching closely with their fingers crossed as they await the prognosis.