Room for one more

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

Team Canada is heading to training camp tomorrow in Calgary one man short.

Is it Todd Bertuzzi?

Is it Shawn Horcoff?

Is it somebody else?

"If Bertuzzi becomes available, he'll be a candidate. If he is not reinstated, he will not. We're monitoring the situation with his agent Pat Morris," said Team Canada GM Steve Tambellini, who doubles as assistant GM with Bertuzzi's Vancouver Canucks.

SUSPENDED

"We'll wait to see if there's any change in his status," he said of the player suspended for his behind-the-back attack on Colorado Avalanche's Steve Moore.

"If Todd was available he should be a candidate. At the moment Todd has not been reinstated and is not available to our team."

They are also waiting to see when Horcoff becomes a father.

"Shawn is in the position, right now, where this is just not possible for him. They're expecting their first child. It was supposed to happen a few days ago," said Tambellini.

"He's been a great player for Canada the last few championships," he said of the Edmonton Oiler who finished fourth in scoring in the Swedish Elite League this year and was fourth in scoring for Team Canada at the last two world championships.

"When he becomes a father, he could be a candidate, no question."

Tambellini said holding a spot for a 13th forward isn't specifically labelled for either Bertuzzi or Horcoff. And no, he says, they are not holding the spot for Sidney Crosby or Dion Phaneuf.

"We felt we had 12 forwards with whom we were very comfortable. We decided to see where some of these other situations go. We don't have to be up and running the first day of camp. There's one to come. I do plan on naming another forward prior to the tournament. We have a few different opportunities. We'll wait this out a couple of days."

Indeed, the entire team won't be at the first day of camp.

"Joe Thornton and Rick Nash have this week off," said coach Marc Habscheid of the players who just won the Switzerland title with Davos.

"Sheldon Souray and Chris Phillips are still playing overseas," he added of the prides of Elk Point and Fort McMurray, respectively.

Horcoff's Oiler teammate Ryan Smyth recently became a father for the third time and was selected to the team.

Smyth goes as the only player left who has won gold medals at the Salt Lake City Olympics, two IIHF World Hockey Championships and the recent World Cup of Hockey.

Captain of both world championship-winning teams, Smyth may get the nod again but will have to wait until the team gets overseas to find out.

"We'll get group assembled first," said Habscheid. "These players are all leaders on their own teams. We don't want to put ourselves in box. We want to let things to play out."

A SURPRISE

One of the surprises was the selection of Ottawa Senators' Mike Fisher, who played the season for Zug in the Swiss League.

"He brings an up-tempo in-your-face kind of game," said Tambellini. "He's probably underrated on the offensive side, but what I like is that he competes and he's not fun to play against."

Tambellini said he has the kind of qualities that will be important to a team going against European teams.

"We're going to face teams with 95% of their players having played the entire season.

"That's why we've scheduled four exhibition games. We have to get this team up to speed quickly."


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