Treat 'em like pros, says Sutter

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

When it comes to paring down the roster, Brent Sutter is doing it his way. The head coach of Canada's world junior entry said last night there will be no early morning wake-up calls and the players being sent back to their junior clubs will have a chance to say good-bye, changing the way Hockey Canada has done things the past few years.

"We're definitely not going to be cutting anybody at 6 o'clock in the morning," said Sutter, who said he would be informing the players himself. "That's just my feelings on it. It's personal preference. I want to treat these guys like pros.

"The players that do stay should have an opportunity to comfort those guys if it's there and the guys who are released should have the opportunity to associate with those players (who make it). Is it right or wrong? I don't know, but it's what I believe in."

Sutter said he was leaning against cutting any players today and would sit out certain players for tonight's scrimmage against the Manitoba Bisons.

Team Canada will announce its 22-man roster tomorrow.

WHITE WINS: Team White got a pair of third-period goals from Brandon Wheat Kings centre Ryan Stone as it earned a 4-2 win over Team Red last night before a crowd of 3,759 at the MTS Centre.

Team White consisted of 11 Team Canada hopefuls and nine members of the Bisons.

Stone scored 21 seconds into the third and added an empty-netter at 19:39.

"I got kind of lucky on both of them," said Stone, who currently sits second in the WHL scoring derby. "I can adapt pretty well to whatever game they want me to play."

Patrice Bergeron and Jeff Carter scored for Team Red, while Corey Perry and Bisons captain David Cameron also scored for Team White.

Winnipeg's Rejean Beauchemin had another strong outing, stopping eight of nine shots he faced during the second half of the contest.

SEABROOK'S STATUS: Defenceman Brent Seabrook, who injured his right shoulder on Monday night after taking a hard hit during the Red/White intrasquad game, didn't skate yesterday and remains day-to-day.

"We'll see how he responds to some treatment over the next couple of days and go from there," said Sutter. "The X-rays we did have done were negative, it's more of a soft tissue (injury). Injuries are part of the game. I can't say more on that right now because it's all I know."

OPEN UP: The Manitoba Moose announced yesterday that the upper bowl tickets for Wednesday's exhibition game between Canada and Switzerland will go on sale this morning at 9 a.m.


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