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With the Devils not being part of the playoffs this year, it's time for everyone second-rate tournament -- the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS! So which Devils will be carrying the flag on their backs this month?

Via Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger:

Stephen Gionta and Ryan Carter will both play for Team USA in the world championships in Finland and Sweden.

Ilya Kovalchuk will play for Russia, in the same group as the U.S.

"It will be fun chasing hisĀ  (sic) around the big ice surface," Gionta said sarcastically.

Henrik Tallinder will play for Sweden.

All of those additions make sense, but this omission seems perplexing to me.

I'm not sure I understand that one. He should've at least gotten a call, right? Greene was the Devils' best defenseman all year and definitely could've helped Team USA. Maybe he let the people in charge know beforehand he wasn't going to play and they didn't contact him out of courtesy. I'm not sure if that's the answer, but not even contacting him makes no sense.

Tags: Stephen Gionta, ANDY GREENE, News, Devs, Ryan Carter, Devils, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils
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