Chemistry with Crosby has Kunitz in Olympic mix

Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (left) and center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrate after...

Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (left) and center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrate after Kunitz scored a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center on Oct 15, 2013. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Stevenson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:34 PM ET

While there has been a lot of public discussion about the candidacy of Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban for Canada's Olympic team, a player who is generating a lot of talk among the team braintrust is Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz.

When it comes to discussing Canada's top forwards, Kunitz' name wouldn't immediately be on everybody's list. A lot of people might think he gets his points because he rides shotgun for Sidney Crosby and anybody can do that, right?

But it might turn out the fact he does ride shotgun for Crosby is just the reason he is getting consideration to be on the team in Sochi come February.

Finding effective linemates for Crosby was one of the challenges in Vancouver four years ago. Through the group-play portion of the tournament, Team Canada coach Mike Babcock had Crosby with winger Rick Nash and a rotating cast of linemates, including Patrice Bergeron, Jarome Iginla, Jonathan Toews and Mike Richards.


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