With his Bluetooth earpiece working overtime and his matching silver Blackberry in hand, Steve Yzerman paced back and forth under the Saddledome stands yesterday.
It's the only spot on the lower event level where you can get a signal.
The Detroit Red Wings v.p. and former team captain has more to worry about than how his NHL team will fare in its series against the Calgary Flames. He's working the phones hard trying to fill out Canada's roster for the world championships.
"I've been spending a lot of time on the telephone and I've watched a lot of hockey games throughout the course of this season, I've got a pretty good feel for the players. Lately it's been watching a lot of playoffs games. It's been enjoyable," said Yzerman, who has named 12 players so far for the April 27-May 13 event in Moscow.
"We're slowly putting it together. We're in a bit of a holding pattern right now after the end of the regular season -- try to fill up the roster at the end of the first round of the playoffs."
Goaltenders Dwayne Roloson and Cam Ward, defencemen Eric Brewer, Barret Jackman and Mike Commodore, as well as forwards Mike Cammalleri, Shane Doan, Rick Nash, Eric Staal, Justin Williams, Jamal Mayers and Jason Chimera are waiting for some last-minute additions.
"Guys have been pretty good. There's a lot of guys having surger in the last week or are getting ready to have surgery, which speaks to how difficult the season can be," Yzerman said.
"Players from non-playoff teams that played the last 20 games of the season are having surgery now."