Mike Babcock says answer to Team Canada's goalie question in Sochi will be 'clear'

Coach Mike Babcock runs the players through drills as they hit the rink for some ball hockey during...

Coach Mike Babcock runs the players through drills as they hit the rink for some ball hockey during CANADA'S NATIONAL MEN'S TEAM ORIENTATION CAMP at the Markin MacPhail Centre, Canada Olympic Park in Calgary on Monday Aug 26, 2013. Darren Makowichuk/Calgary Sun/QMI AGENCY

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:15 PM ET

CALGARY - Mike Babcock shrugged off the ongoing debate over who should start in net for Canada in Sochi, saying the answer will be blatantly obvious to all.

“I would say the other countries had a better last three months of the season than our country did in net,” said Team Canada’s coach at Winsport.

“Let’s watch the first three months of this season. One of these goalies will step up, no question. One of these goalies will be hot going in, so everyone will know who is playing in goal for Canada.”

He figures it will be that simple.

His reference to last spring’s Canadian goalie collapse obviously overlooks the stellar Cup run made by Corey Crawford in Chicago. But even he has question marks given how spotty his body of work has been outside of last season.

Either way, Babcock seemed to snub his nose at all the speculation suggesting it’s Roberto Luongo’s job to lose and that Carey Price is pencilled in as the likely backup ahead of Mike Smith and Crawford.


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