Who's in the Top 40?

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

And then there were 40.

That's the approximate number of candidates Team Canada officials whittled their original list of 81 down to during a meeting on Friday in Philadelphia, coach Pat Quinn said yesterday.

For the most part Quinn refused to disclose names, revealing only that the Dallas Stars' Marty Turco was one of six goaltenders talked about. The others are believed to be Marty Brodeur, Curtis Joseph, Ed Belfour, Jose Theodore and Roberto Luongo.

Canada's final 23-man roster will be announced on Dec. 21 in Vancouver.

"It's coming down to the nitty gritty, but I wouldn't say we're close," Quinn said.

"What it says is there still are a lot of guys sticking their heads up saying, "Pick me, pick me!' "

"We've got 18 guys we figure are strong along the way."

BELFOUR BACKER

Dallas Stars captain Mike Modano is one of Belfour's biggest fans.

Modano has good reason to admire The Eagle. The two veterans were teammates when the Stars won their one and only Stanley Cup in 1999.

"Eddie has had a great, phenomenal career," Modano said."He meant a lot to us in Dallas.

"He's a great competitor and a very intense individual. He goes out and plays hard every night."

Modano was not surprised to see Belfour tie Terry Sawchuk for second place on the career goalie wins list two weeks ago.

"Rightfully so he's in position to break the record," Modano said. "He deserves it"

ROSTER ROULETTE

Chad Kilger was made a healthy scratch against the Stars last night, replaced in the lineup by Wade Belak.

With his team mired in a losing funk entering play yesterday, Quinn was asked if he ever would consider sitting fan favourite Tie Domi.

"It's not just looking at him," Quinn said, adding that it would be unfair for certain media members to fit Domi with goat horns.

"Three or four of our quote "top guys" haven't been playing at the level they've expected."


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