Coach pushing for 10 teams

PAUL FRIESEN and KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:43 AM ET

Sweden coach Peter Erlander would love to see the women's worlds expand to 10 teams instead of the current nine.

Under its current format, one loss in the two-game preliminary round essentially eliminates a team from medal contention. Erlander believes a team should be able to overcome at least one loss.

"We don't understand why they have it," Erlander said. "If you lose one game, you're almost out for the medal round. It doesn't happen in the other tournaments IIHF puts on.

"So a 10-team tournament would be much more fair for all the competitors."

HOST WITH THE MOST: Sweden forward Pernilla Winberg said she couldn't think of a better place than Canada to host the women's worlds. That includes her own country.

"I really like Canada," said Winberg, who competed for her home country when the tournament was held in Sweden in 2005. "It's good hockey, and everyone is so nice to us. I love it. The hockey's great here, and they do everything for us.

"In Sweden they don't care about the women's hockey so much, so it's nice to be here."

MEN'S TEAM TAKING SHAPE: Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman named five players to the men's world championship team yesterday.

Forwards Mike Cammalleri of the Los Angeles Kings, Shane Doan of Phoenix and Rick Nash of Columbus, along with defenceman Eric Brewer of St. Louis and goalie Dwayne Roloson of Edmonton will make the trip to Moscow later this month.

Yzerman also named the coaches who'll assist head coach Andy Murray: Mike Johnston, associate coach of the L.A. Kings, and Gerard Gallant, former head coach of Columbus.

Yzerman will put the rest of the team together with help from Toronto GM John Ferguson, Jr., Doug Armstrong, the GM in Dallas, and Jacques Martin of the Florida Panthers.

Players will be selected from teams who miss the Stanley Cup playoffs, and those eliminated in the first round.

TOEWS ON RADAR: Yzerman says Winnipegger Jonathan Toews is on Team Canada's radar, even though he's still at the University of North Dakota.

"We've talked about Jonathan," Yzerman said. "But I expect we'll have the opportunity to pick all NHL players. But we haven't ruled that out."

REMEMBERING THE JETS: Part of the Red Wings team that played the last game here against the Jets, Yzerman says he's not ruling out the return of the NHL to this city.

"With the new economics the Canadian cities are thriving, so down the road I don't think it's unrealistic," he said. "I always enjoyed coming here. It's a real hockey atmosphere. And some of the new markets in the United States, that atmosphere isn't there yet."

AROUND THE GLASS: Canada head coach Melody Davidson gave a nice little gift to the local fans at MTS Centre last night, putting Winnipeg's Jennifer Botterill and Pilot Mound's Delaney Collins in the starting lineup ... Yzerman and Florence Murray, the mother of Canadian men's team head coach Andy Murray, dropped the ceremonial first puck before the Canada-Switzerland game last night ... Swedish coach Peter Erlander was asked how healthy his star goaltender, Kim Martin, is after her gruelling NCAA season with the University of Minnesota Duluth. After a pause of about five seconds, Erlander finally said, "She is healthy."


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