NHL clubs hold key to Team Canada's world juniors roster

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Photo by Al Charest/Calgary Sun

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Photo by Al Charest/Calgary Sun

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:41 AM ET

CALGARY - Eight hours after Team Canada announced its world juniors training camp roster, officials were still unsure if their star player would attend.

Late into Monday evening, the Edmonton Oilers still hadn’t informed Scott Salmond whether Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had the green light following an MRI on his shoulder. Results are expected Tuesday.

It was just the latest in a string of hurdles facing Team Canada officials who will spend the next month in perpetual limbo, wondering if or when almost a dozen players could be recalled by NHL clubs should there be a Christmas miracle in the form of a CBA resolution.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty involved for everybody,” said Salmond, director of hockey operations, when asked about the problems the NHL’s labour uncertainty pose.


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