No Leafs for Canada

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

Team Canada added Brad Richards and Anson Carter to its world hockey championship roster last night, but no Maple Leafs will be wearing the maple leaf.

Assistant general manager Mike Barnett said no Toronto players were expected to go to Latvia, where Canada opens the tournament tomorrow against Denmark. Logical invitees such as defenceman Bryan McCabe and winger Darcy Tucker said two weeks ago they wouldn't go for personal and family reasons and Barnett preferred not to say if other Leafs had been invited.

Barnett, GM of the Phoenix Coyotes, acknowledged it's hard to get players of any stripe to go overseas at the end of an Olympic year.

"A lot of the best players have already been taxed by the Games, the NHL season and the playoffs," Barnett said.

Barnett, general manager Ken Holland and coach Marc Habscheid were waiting for the result of Game 7 between the Calgary Flames and Anaheim Mighty Ducks last night to see if they can add another name or two. With the additions of Richards (Tampa Bay Lightning), Carter (Vancouver Canucks), Jason Williams (Detroit Red Wings), Scott Hartnell and Dan Hamhuis (Nashville Predators) and Stephane Robidas (Dallas Stars) yesterday, there are 15 players, including Sidney Crosby.


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