Martin's heard the rumours, too

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

GRANDE PRAIRIE -- How will Kevin Martin's team line up for the next Olympics run?

The rumour mill has already been working overtime, spitting out a variety of lineups.

At the Brier, where he lost the 3-4 playoff game to Mark Dacey, Martin announced he would be done with curling after the Vancouver Olympics.

Martin will have plenty of factors to consider before he makes his final decision in mid-May.

"That's for real," he said. "It won't be taken lightly or quickly."

Martin has not even confirmed if lead Don Bartlett will be along for the team's final two spiels of the season - Victoria and the Players Championship at Calgary in mid-April.

RUN ITS COURSE

Rumours have it that the long-term professional relationship between Martin and third Don Walchuk has run its course. Walchuk's health prognosis remains a factor in a long-term plan.

It's rumoured second Carter Rycroft, a former star junior skip, has his own skipping aspirations.

Martin was somewhat amused when the rumour mill found a willing scribe to spit out the news.

"Somebody has confirmed my team in the paper somewhere," Martin said. "I haven't talked to anybody. Obviously, I've got a while."

According to the rumours, since lead John Moffatt is off to teachers college in Ontario this fall, Martin would pursue John Morris and front-ender Marc Kennedy. Carter Rycroft would stay.

"Johnny Mo?" said Martin. "That's a good one. I haven't talked to him at all."

MORRIS'S NAME

Morris's name first surfaced at the 2002 Players Championship in Leduc, when he was moving to Alberta. His sister lives in St. Albert.

Kennedy works at Martin's store at the Saville Centre. So does Adam Enright.

"Yeah, Marc and Adam are both interested, of course," said Martin.

One of the more interesting names being bandied about is Blake MacDonald at third. He's young enough and would like to play more than the personal schedule of the Jamie King team allowed him.

"I haven't talked to Blake at all," said Martin. "I think I said hi to him once at the provincials."


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