Quinn talks Team Canada

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

The process of whittling down the number of candidates for the Canadian Olympic team has started in earnest.

Coach Pat Quinn was on a conference call with other members of the Team Canada brass yesterday and admitted certain players are starting to receive more attention.

An original list of 81 players was released by Hockey Canada two weeks ago. That number must be shaved down to 23 by Dec. 22.

"One of the points discussed was the schedule of (NHL) games that will be watched by (Team Canada officials)," Quinn said. "Of the 80-plus on the list, it involved who might be favoured at this point and who might be zeroed in from here on in, although everyone will be watched.

"A shorter list was discussed."

Also on the agenda yesterday was a discussion on the rules scheduled to be used at the Olympics.

THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE

About 30 minutes after practice had ended yesterday, hobbled forwards Mariusz Czerkawski and Nik Antropov took to the ice at Lakeshore Lions Arena.

Neither player accompanied the Leafs to Carolina for their game against the Hurricanes tonight.

Quinn said Antropov apparently does not have a tear of the lateral right meniscus, though his knee still is sore.

"Apparently there was some misunderstanding," Quinn said. "I was informed that Nik was told has a tear there, which I'm told is not the case. But I'm getting that second-hand. I know he's still struggling with his knee but I don't think there is any tear."

Quinn was uncertain of Czerkawski's status, although he did say he was still suffering from "soreness."

Czerkawski, who has yet to score a goal in a Toronto uniform, has been struggling with an ailing shoulder.

ROSTER ROULETTE

Once Mats Sundin comes back to the lineup, Quinn plans on sticking with his original blueprint of having Sundin, Jason Allison and Eric Lindros at centre. "There was speculation of moving Eric to the wing, but that is not in my plans at this point," Quinn said.


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