McCabe to fill offensive void

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

Bryan McCabe just wants to go to Turin and keep on doing what he has been doing.

With his inclusion on Canada's main roster for the Olympics made official by Hockey Canada on Wednesday -- and with the unavailability of the offensively talented Scott Niedermayer -- McCabe will be looked upon to provide scoring from the blue line.

"I'm sure it is one everyone's shoulders but in getting a chance to play, I want to produce," said McCabe, who was tied for the NHL scoring lead among defencemen going into last night. "With the guys we have on that team, you are going to have good opportunities to put some points on the board. Hopefully I will play in a lot of situations.

"I was just happy to be included. To get an opportunity to play is a big bonus for me."

Canada coach Pat Quinn said the decision to add Jay Bouwmeester, who will take Niedermayer's spot, was not a difficult one.

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"We think we have two young men (Bouwmeester and Dan Boyle, who takes McCabe's place on the taxi squad) who are very talented and have made contributions on the world scene," Quinn said. "(Bouwmeester) is not a numbers guy but he is an all-around player."

Canada players will begin to trickle into Toronto on Sunday, and a full team practice is scheduled for Monday afternoon. The team leaves that night for Turin.

"We have already distributed our technical package for our players to look at and try to consume," Quinn said.

"We're going to show some film to them (on the flight) but we are also prepared to let them sleep. We think that's really important."


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