What about this for the Czech Republic team?

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  1. Jaromir Jagr
    Vaclav Prospal
    Patrik Elias
    Martin Havlat
    Radek Bonk
    Milan Hejduk
    Petr Sykora
    Robert Lang
    Martin Rucinsky
    Bobby Holik
    Robert Reichel
    Martin Straka
    Petr Nedved
    Radek Dvorak
    Jan Hrdina

    Roman Hamrlik
    Marek Zidlicky
    Jaroslav Spacek
    Pavel Kubina
    Jiri Fischer
    Tomas Kaberle
    Jaroslav Modry
    Filip Kuba

    Dominik Hasek
    Roman Cechmanek
    Tomas Vokoun
     
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    According to idnes.cz, Robert Reichel and Roman Hamrlik have declined the opportunity to play in the tournament, citing the fact that they want to stay at home with their families. Although Reichel has always left NHL coaches shaking their heads at his lack of assertivness, Reichel has always been a demon on the national stage (much like Martin Rucinsky, who couldn't hit an empty net in his short tenure with the Canucks)

    Robert Lang, Roman Cechmanek, and Martin Straka have also been confirmed to be unavailable due to their injury status.

    So, that leaves 5 players and one living gumby doll off of the roster? Who would I take?
    Knowing that the Czechs will stay from European-based players, here is my predicted roster.

    Goalies
    1. Tomas Vokoun
    2. Martin Prusek
    3. Roman Malek

    Defense:
    F. Kaberle - T. Kaberle
    Kubina - Kuba
    Slegr - Modry
    Spacek - Zidlicky

    Forwards:
    Jagr - Bonk - Havlat
    Elias - Prospal - Sykora
    Rucinsky - Peter Nedved - Hejduk
    Vyborny - Cajanek - Dvorak
    Vasicek, Beranek, Dopita

    With the absence of Lang, Straka, and Reichel, the Czechs are suddenly much thinner up the middle, which could cost them dearly in the end.
    I expect Malek will be the only pure 'Euro' player taken, while ex-NHLers Josef Beranek and Jiri 'The Best Player in Europe' ® Dopita are good candiates to be selected.

    No room this time around for up and comers such as Klesla, Erat, Hudler, and Petr Prucha.
     
  4. Burnaby_Joe*

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    I think Varada will make the it.
     
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    You don't think Holik will make it?
     
  6. Burnaby_Joe*

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    Is there any chance Skoula makes the team? :amazed:
     
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    My cousin, who happens to be Czech, told me that Jagr doesn't wanna play ... can anyone confirm this?
     
  8. Burnaby_Joe*

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    Elias Sykora Hejduk would be a slick line.
     

  9. I heard Jagr say back in April that he is unsure about playing and that it will "depend on how good the team is going to be".

    Those are the words that Jagr said.
     
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    That's typical of Jagr. He's just a lame coward *******.

    If the team is not good enough to him, he won't play. What the hell is that supposed to mean? That everything has to be done FOR him?

    Sucker ... :banghead:
     

  11. Yes it is typical of Jagr.

    Here are his exact words: "It will depend on how strong the team is going to be. It's not good to play in Prague if the team doesn't do good. They can throw things at you".

    I fetched those choice words off of a search engine, which linked to an old article from TSN from April 2004.
     
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    Can Sykora play center?

    I wouldn't be against Elias-Nedved-Sykora. That could work out well if Nedved finds chemistry with the two old friends.

    Holik >>>>> Bonk. And I hate the *******.
     
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    Sykora can play center. I'm guessing all three of these guys are close friends; aren't they around the same age also?
     
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    what has happened to this guy...he never used to be like this
     
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    Straka Lang Jagr
    Elias Sykora Hejduk
    Rucinsky Holik Havlat
    Prospal Nedved Dvorak


    Hamrlik Kubina
    Kaberle Modry
    Fischer Zidlicky


    Hasek
    Vokoun
     
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    What kind of a lame excuse is that?!? What a coward he is.
     
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    You figure they'll have enough time to do that when the NHL is in a lockout.
     
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    I'm sure the Kings fans on the board would be curious to know what Cechmanek and Straka's injuries are, especially if they were playing for the Czech team at the World Championships.

    Why can't they get healthy? Why? :banghead:
     
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    A Elias-Holik-Sykora would be an interesting line. All former team mates.
     
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    Holik's an interesting situation. He considers himself American, and was actually being considered for the U.S. World Cup team. The reason he wasn't named was pretty curious (Pleau et al claims he's not eligible for any other international tournament, if that's true or not I don't know), and he seemed pretty disappointed. Whether he'd suit up for the Czechs is unknown. I tend to doubt it though as he didn't play for them in the last Olympics, and either wasn't asked or declined to play for them at this year's WC's.
     
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    Holik's severed all ties with his homeland. He won't be on the Czech team for any event.

    Nedved, on the other hand, switches alliegances(sp) whenever convenient. :banghead:
     
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    While Sykora can play center, it's better to keep him on the right side. As much of a sick like it'd be to have Elias, Pete and Hejduk on a line, no one should play center on that line, and someone has to make big plays. Put Prospal in between Sykora and Elias, and there's a good line, too. Hejduk could be put elsewhere.
     
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    Something like this maybe (although it's done very quick, I could have overlooked some players):

    Goalies:
    Vokoun, Cechmanek, Prusek

    Defense:
    Hamrlik - Kubina
    T Kaberle - Modry
    Kuba - Zidlicky
    Spares: Spacek, F Kaberle

    Offense:
    Elias - Bonk - Sykora
    Jagr - Lang - Hejduk
    Prospal - Straka - Havlat
    Hlavac - Reichel - Dvorak
    Spares: Vyborny, Hemsky, Varada
     
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    I really doubt that Hasek will play after having groin surgery around the time the playoffs started. They'll be in pretty good shape with Vokoun as their #1 though.
     
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    I think Dopita will be on the top line
     
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