Gonchar: Where's Sidney?
STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

TURIN -- Canadians aren't the only ones wondering why Sidney Crosby was left off the Team Canada roster.

Sergei Gonchar, Crosby's Pittsburgh Penguins teammate, couldn't figure out the omission, either.

"The big ice would be an advantage for a guy like him," Gonchar, the Russian defenceman, said when asked if the rookie Crosby should have played for Canada. "He has great speed, great vision.

"He has the skills and it would be a great advantage for him to play. His style fits this game perfectly.

"I'm sure he's going to play in the Olympics in the future."

Gonchar was asked to comment on the absence of Crosby in light of Canada's obvious lack of offence in the Olympic hockey tournament.

"It's not my decision," he said, rolling his eyes, clearly not agreeing. "He is a good power-play player."

Gonchar and others expressed shock that a team of so many prominent Canadian players served up such a lame offensive display.

"I expected them to score," the defenceman said. "I don't know they didn't. I didn't see a lot of their games. Chemistry is very important in a short tournament. We had it."

He didn't finish his sentence. But the implication was clear: They had it, Team Canada didn't.

"I'm sure you'll see (Crosby) in 2010," he said.