Hockey Canada has a policy.
“They won’t call until you are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and they won’t call on game day,” said Devan Dubnyk of getting invited to play at the world hockey championship.
The Oilers were officially eliminated from the playoffs Sunday night. They played the Ducks again Monday.
The phones should start ringing today.
Dubnyk, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, and maybe Nick Schultz are likely to get calls.
Jeff Petry has already said yes to the USA.
Ladislav Smid has already said yes to the Czechs.
Magnus Paajarvi, who was a first team all-star for Sweden at the 2010 Worlds, is hoping for a call.
Nail Yakupov has heard nothing yet from Russia.
Any other year, Hockey Canada would give the players four or five days to get over the mental depression of being out of the playoffs. This year there isn’t an option.
Because of the lockout and the schedule ending this we