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For the past two weeks Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan have been skating with a group of NHLers in Edina, Minnesota. (Star Tribune)

The group of NHLers include Zach Parise, Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville, Dustin Byfuglien, James van Riemsdyk, Kyle Okposo, Matt Cooke and Nick Bjugstad. (Star Tribune)

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Derek Stepan is listed as one of the four centers who could be on Team USA at the World Cup in September 2016. (USA Today)

Stepan is listed by Kevin Allen along with Tyler Johnson, Ryan Kesler and former Ranger Brandon Dubinsky.

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By JOSH NEWMAN

As expected, the United States Under-19 National Team is rolling through the FIBA World Championship in Greece.

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1/15/15 | 5:07PM: Stepan had a "better day" according to Alain Vigneault but is officially out for tonight against the Bruins. (NYR)

1:39PM: Larry Brooks says that Stepan may play on Friday or Sunday. (Brooks)

1/14/15 | 1:23PM: Derek Stepan will travel with the Rangers to Boston but he is unlikely to play against the Bruins tomorrow. (Cyrgalis)

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12/10/14 | 3:29PM: Derek Stepan met with the media following practice today and discussed the Rangers upcoming road trip as well as JT Miller (NYR) :

  • Right now moving forward, our biggest concern each time we step on the ice is two points. We are going out west, western trips are sometimes good for the team to bond for a bit. But there is also a lot of travel, you get both, you get bonding but also travel. Our focus is on playing for two points each night and make sure we put good things on the ice."
  • On playing with JT Miller, "Millsy makes a lot of plays when he is moving his feet and he has this ability to drive the D down and then pull up and find something behind him. He was physical and went to the front of the net. It's something that when you have guys get injured? they need to step up in a big way and JT certainly did."
  • On JT Miller's confidence, "I have been here through Millsy's first couple of years and you can see his confidence on the ice, each time he is here he has gotten more confidence. He is learning the game and learning down in Hartford and he is really applying it. He has been able to get the mental aspect down and pick up some things along the way."
  • On JT Miller being more accountable, "that is one of the biggest things that you expect from everybody, you have to be accountable. That is part of the stuff he has learned, he has played really well every game this year."
  • On being a good road team, "there is only one way to play and it's the right way. It doesn't matter if you are on the road or your own building, we seem to, for whatever reason, use the energy of the crowd that is against us and play well. It doesn't change much, home vs away."
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Carl Hagelin, Rick Nash and Derek Stepan met with the media on Tuesday to discuss their time at the Olympics.

Stepan said (Rangers)

  • What shape are you in, "I was able to skate quite a bit, I skated almost every morning. Off-days?it was just me and one or two other guys. You get a good skate and I knew that when the slotted time for their practice was done that I did a little work for myself too."
Hagelin said (Rangers)

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The line of David Backes, Dustin Brown and Ryan Callahan has been dubbed the "Meat Line." (Puck Daddy via PHT)

Backes said that he is "the beef," Brown is "the pork" and Callahan is "the chicken."

Derek Stepan had a lot to do with the name of the line and Backes said that while Stepan has only gotten into one game, he has "added a lot of character" to the room. (Puck Daddy)

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Since being put with Ryan Suter on Team USA's top defense pairing, Ryan McDonagh has been playing the right side and not his natural spot on the left side.

McDonagh has played the second most minutes on Team USA, behind Suter, with 81:34 in total and 20:23 per game.

He has 1 goal, 1 assist and is a plus three in four games.

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Ryan Callahan was a guest on The Michael Kay Show following the USA win over the Czech Republic:

  • ?On Team USA, "it was good. A little slow at the start but we got better as the game went on and we have gotten better as the tournament has gone on."
  • On David Backes goal at the end of the first being a lift, "It definitely does, it's a big goal. To get scored on in that last minute changes the momentum and it took us into the second."
  • On Russia losing, "it was a little bit. Playing them two games ago you know how good they are and the caliber of player that they are so it came as a bit of a shock but we are worried about what we had ahead."
  • Was today the best, "It was right up there. I thought our transition game today was the best it has been and created a lot of opportunities for us and hopefully we can get better."
  • On Canada, "We weren't rooting for anyone, you can't wish an opponent since everyone is good. This is the matchup that everyone wanted and what we are excited for it."
  • On the KHL players, "Definitely I think you can see that. They are used to the big ice and they know how to use that room and space to their advantage. There are a lot of talented players and this has shown it."
  • How hard is it for the team to gel, "we are now, it's a big challenge during a tournament like this. We have a couple of practices and are then thrown in. Our success in Vancouver was how quickly we came together as one unit and I feel the same in this tournament. We try to play as a unit and not as individuals."
  • The big ice and his game, "it's tougher to get in on the forecheck. I like to pressure the D and force them into turnovers. It's more skating and you need to be more patient."
  • On security at the Olympics, "it's been better. Coming in we didn't know what to expect. You hear the news reports but since we have been here security has been great, the village has been good and I don't have any issues with how it's been handled."
  • On not being distracted by trade rumors, "it's tough, it definitely is. There is no question that those rumors are going on but this has been a good two weeks to get away from that and focus on playing for my country. It's been a nice break for that but it's part of the business and something you need to deal with as a pro."
  • On a fear of injury, "No, it doesn't at all. To play for USA there is nothing like it. You represent the people overseas fighting for our freedom. We have pictures of them watching our games and cheering for us. The risk of injury is not something that you think about. All you are trying to think about is winning for your country."
  • On the Stanley Cup vs the Gold Medal, "I think it's similar in the aspect of how bad you want it but it's unique and different. There is no seven games series. The Gold Medal would be pretty special to have around your neck."
  • What are you eating, "food isn't too bad. A couple of restaurants in the village. McDonalds here and there.....It's been good."
  • On the Russia game, "It's hard to describe the feeling on the bench. Excitement, nervous. We were amazed at what Oshie was doing and keep throwing him out there. We caught ourselves laughing when he was going the fourth or fifth time but we felt it was just as exciting as you guys."
  • On the NHL going to the rule of going with the same guy, "it's definitely interesting. It's the first time I was part of something like that. The fans like it and I know that I liked it."
  • On the plan vs Canada, "the main thing is that we have to come out and compete and it will be a hell of a game. We will get there best and they will get our best and hopefully we come out on top."
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Team USA defeated the Czech Republic 5-2 today to advance to the semi finals.

The USA scorers were: James van Riemsdyk, Dustin Brown, David Backes, Zach Parise and Phil Kessel.

Ryan McDonagh had an assist and played 19:39.

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Ryan McDonagh was paired with Ryan Suter earlier today at Team USA's practice. (Dan Rosen)

McDonagh and Suter were paired together on Saturday against Russia but split up against on Sunday.

Ryan Callahan was with Dustin Brown and David Backes.

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In three games for Team USA, Ryan McDonagh is averaging 20:38 which is second on Team USA behind Ryan Suter.

McDonagh has one goal, a plus two rating and 6 shots on goal.

Craig Custance says that McDonagh has had a breakout tournament and is "proving to be every bit as valuable as Ryan Suter." (ESPN Insider)

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USA beat Slovenia 5-1 to win their third game of the Olympics.

10AM:?In today's game:

  • Ryan Callahan played: 14:57 and had an assist and 1 shot. He played 4:40 in the first, 5:14 in the second and 5:03 in the third.
  • Ryan McDonagh played: 19:38, had a goal, 4 shots and played 6:39 in the first period, 5:59 in the second and 7 minutes in the third.
  • Derek Stepan played: 4:59, was 2 and 1 on faceoffs and played 1:09, 1:48 and 2:02
9:44AM: USA beats Slovenia 5-1.

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https://twitter.com/RMcDonagh27/status/434747421919547392

https://twitter.com/zuccarello36/status/434712662946373632

McDonagh's teammates tweeted:

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Ryan Callahan is skating with Dustin Brown and David Backes at USA Practice today. (Scott Burnside)

Zach Parise was skating on that line yesterday.

Ryan McDonagh is paired with Ryan Suter. (Burnside) Both of them are left handed defenseman.

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https://twitter.com/ChrisKuc/status/433977582225457152

Kane and Callahan are both from the Western, NY area.

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Team USA defeated Slovakia 7-1 in their opening game of the Winter Olympics.

Goal scorers for Team USA were John Carlson, Ryan Kesler, Paul Stastny (2), David Backes, Phil Kessel and Dustin Brown.

Ryan Callahan played 15:43 and had one shot on goal. He played 4:25 in the first, 5:34 in the second and 5:44 in the third period.

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Ryan Callahan is skating with Zach Praise and David Backes this morning in Russia. (Corey Masisak) Derek Stepan, along with Blake Wheeler, is skating as an extra.

Ryan McDonagh is skating with Capitals defenseman John Carlson.

https://twitter.com/kevinoDandC/status/433202285129531392

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When the USA roster for the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia was announced following the Winter Classic articles from Scott Burnside of ESPN.com and Kevin Allen of USA Today that detailed how Team USA was selected were posted.

Derek Stepan:

  • In the first meeting, back in it is determined that Stepan is pretty much a lock to make the team. (Burnside)
  • In a meeting two weeks into the season, GM David Poile has Stepan in the mix but wonders about how he will react to missing training camp. (Burnside)
  • In a meeting two months into the season, the fears on Stepan have subsided and he is currently "on fire." The decision is made that they will go with five centers and Stepan will be one of them. (Burnside)
  • At the GM Meetings in November and at the Board of Governors meetings in Deeember, Stepan is one of 12 forwards who have locked up spots. (Burnside)
  • In a meeting a week after the Board of Governors, for the first time Stepan's spot on the team is questioned because of his poor season. The need for five centers keeps Stepan on the team. (Burnside)
  • In one of the final meetings, it is wondered if Brandon Dubinsky should make the team over Stepan. There is a nine person vote and Stepan wins it 6-3 because the committee thinks he can add more offense if one of the top four centers get hurt. (USA Today)
Ryan McDonagh:

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Ryan Callahan on Team USA's chances, "I like it. We have a lot of guys coming back from the silver medal team. We were disappointed then but we have a good chance and are excited to go to Sochi and try to win gold."

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Derek Stepan, Ryan Callahan and Ryan McDonagh held a conference call yesterday with the media to discuss their selection to Team USA for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia (Rangers Report).

  • ?Derek Stepan, "It's a great honor. I wasn't sure if I would be there or not, It's something I am very grateful for."
  • Step, on when he found out, "I found out when the kids were on the ice. I hadn't heard anything yet so I was starting to think that I wasn't going to be there but as I was watching the kids it was a pretty cool way to find out for me."
  • Ryan Callahan, on being thought of as a lock, "I think that during the year you are thinking about it. I was being brought up as a guy who was supposed to make the team. It's in your head and its' something that you are working toward during the year as you are playing. I think it's a relief that it's named now and I am grateful and excited that I am on the team."
 

  • Cally, on the team, "To be honest with you I haven't had a chance to look at it too deeply, I only found out a half hour ago but from the guys who were named it looks like we will have a fast group on the big ice surface which is good and I think we will have a good shot."
  • Cally, on his status, "No...no real update. Nothing has changed since the last practice here."
  • Ryan McDonagh, on being a lock, "You truly never know. You hear things and during the season, to finally know for certain, it's something I am proud of and it's an honor to be on the team. I remember watching the 2010 Olympics and thinking about what it would be like to be on the team, to play in the Olympics and represent the country. Now I have that opportunity and to try and do the best with it."
  • Cally, on his Vancouver experience, "I think the biggest thing that I took out of Vancouver was how hard it was and how much of an honor it was to represent Team USA and our country. You don't know how many chances you get at it but now I have another crack at it. Going into Russia I am going to enjoy it, being over there it's kind of a weird style tournament with the round robin which you aren't used to but I will just try to enjoy the overall experience and enjoy it again."
  • McDonagh, on his role for Team USA, "I have no idea. I will just wait to see what the coaching staff does and go out there and do my best."
  • Cally, on being coached by Dan Bylsma, "it's a little different and it's a unique and fun part of the Olympics that you go play with guys that you battle with all year. I've been talking with Bylsma during the orientation camp about his ideas for the team but it will definitely be a little different having him behind the bench and not on the other side."
  • Cally, on the leadership group, "it's an experienced group and it's our job to set the tone and create an identity in such a short amount of time. We had success in 2010 because our team came together right away and established how we wanted to play and that your our leadership group did that and now it's passed on to us to do that going into Russia."
  • McDonagh, on going through all of this with Derek Stepan, "We were both pushing for each other. I'm really happy that we will both get this opportunity. We have both seen each other at World Juniors and played in World Championships together and now we will take it to the biggest stage and hopefully come up with something special and continue what has been happening."
  • Cally tells Step to answer about thinking about the tournament when it's still 5-6 weeks away, "I said before when we were going through the process that it's hard not to think about it but at the same time you try your best to think about what you have in front of you and think about those games and that will help you take steps toward the Olympic stage."
  • Cally, on being in Russia with their social issues, "it's a little bit of concern, it's human nature to see what has been going on in the news and especially recently with what has been going on there. At the same time we are going over there to represent the USA and win a gold medal. That is our main concern but in the back of your head you are thinking about it. It doesn't take away any of the excitement or privilege of representing your country."
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As it was widely expected in the days leading up to the selection, Cory Schneider was not selected to represent team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia. There were some interesting decisions for Team USA.

With the bigger ice surface in Russia, that sentiment definitely helped to shape the roster. Some notable omissions from the roster included Bobby Ryan and Keith Yandle.

Despite no Devils making the roster, the state of New Jersey will be represented by two players; John Carlson of the Capitals (Colonia, NJ) and James Van Riemsdyk of the Maple Leafs (Middletown, NJ)

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Following the Winter Classic, Team USA announced that the following Rangers will represent America during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia:

  • Ryan Callahan
  • Ryan McDonagh
  • Derek Stepan
Callahan will wear #24

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On Saturday night against Nashville, the Rangers played in front of Nashville GM and Team USA GM David Poile.

Earlier in the day, Poile had pretty much endorsed the fact that Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan would be on Team USA bu that didn't alleviate any of the pressure that Stepan and Callahan felt.

Callahan told the NY Daily News, that he wants to play well every night but knowing that the ultimate decision maker was in the stands makes the game mean that much more.

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Corey Masisak, at NHL.com, looks at what could be Team USA's roster in Sochi.

He notes that Ryan Callahan, likely slotted behind Patrick Kane and Phil Kessel at RW, could see himself on a line with Dustin Brown and David Backes. That line, he notes, would "not be a lot of fun to play against."

Masisak says that Derek Stepan could end up as the number one center for Team USA and that Ryan McDonagh is a "burgeoning" star who could play a more offensive game with Alain Vigneault as head coach.

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9:07AM: Michael Russo notes that USA GM David Poile has told his coaching staff that the USA leadership group consists of Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Dustin Brown, David Backes and Ryan Callahan.

8:27AM: Craig Custance notes that former Rangers captain Chris Drury is at the camp to help out.

Drury was a member of the 2010 Silver Medal team.

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At USA Today, Kevin Allen writes that Ryan Callahan and Ryan McDonagh are "locks" to make Team USA in 2014.

Allen says that Callahan's ability to score and play a physical game will be needed and that McDonagh is part of a group with Ryan Suter and Jack Johnson who will form the core of Team USA's defense.

He adds that Derek Stepan is one of four centers who will battle to center the top line for Team USA, along with Ryan Kesler, Paul Stastny and David Backes.

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Even though the New Jersey Devils are no longer playing as team, some Devils are still playing competitive hockey.

The IIHF World Championships are happening abroad-- in Finland and Sweden, in fact. There are two Devils apiece on Teams USA and Russia and one on Team Sweden.

Stephen Gionta recorded his first IIHF World Championship goal, helping Team USA beat Team Finland 4-1 on Wednesday in Helsinki.

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Even though the New Jersey Devils are no longer playing as team, some Devils are still playing competitive hockey.

The IIHF World Championships are happening abroad-- in Finland and Sweden, in fact. There are two Devils apiece on Teams USA and Russia.

Those squads happened to square off Tuesday, with Ilya Kovalchuk gaining a goal and an assist in Russia's 5-3 win over the Americans?at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki.

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Recently, at at ESPN.com, Barry Melrose was talking about the potential head coaches for Team USA at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Melrose said that his top pick would be Rangers coach John Tortorella.

He said, "I think John Tortorella is a natural choice to lead Team USA at the Sochi Olympics. He has won a Stanley Cup, has the Rangers playing a great style of hockey. He is a very solid coach. Meticulous with his planning. That team will be ready to play."

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At USA Today, Kevin Allen thinks that the Rangers will only have one representative on Team USA at the 2014 games in Russia.

He thinks that Ryan Callahan will once again play for Team USA but doesn't mention Ryan McDonagh as one of his top seven, but does say he is likely the next on the list.

As for coach, Allen picks John Tortorella who was an assistant on the 2010 team in Vancouver that won Silver. One thing that could hold Tortorella back though would be his personality, "a coach's primary mission at the Olympics is to win, but one reason why the NHL agrees to send its players to the Olympics is to celebrate the sport on the sports world's biggest stage. Would Tortorella be willing to be more PR-friendly to serve the game's best interests? If the answer is yes, he's probably the favorite."

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Mike Morrealte writes at NHL.com that the USA camp to determine the roster for the 2012 World Junior Championships will be held at the MSG training center from December 16th to December 18th.

If the schedule for this season is to be followed, the Rangers have a home game on December 16th against the Ducks and then are off until December 20th.

The Rangers could practice at Madison Square Garden or use those days between as off days.

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At CSN Washington, Ben Raby looks at the potential group of forwards who could play for Team USA at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

One of the players that he lists as a "lock" is Rangers captain and 2010 Olympian Ryan Callahan. Other "locks" are Dustin Brown, Patrick Kane, Phil Kessel, Max Pacioretty, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski and Bobby Ryan.

He lists Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider as "long shots" and players such as Ryan Kesler and David Backes as "probables."

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At CSN Washington, Ben Raby looks at the potential defense that USA Hockey could bring to Sochi, Russia in 2014.

He calls Ryan Suter, Keith Yandle and Jack Johnson locks and Erik Johnson and Ryan McDonagh as probables.

On McDonagh, Raby writes "The St. Paul, MN, native and former Wisconsin Badger stepped in admirably for an injured Marc Staal last season in New York and teamed with Dan Girardi to form the top defensive pairing for the eventual Atlantic Division champions. Not bad for a kid in his first full NHL season."

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Instead of going to London for the Olympics, Anthony Davis will get to spend the summer resting his sprained ankle and getting acclimated to life in the NBA.

Davis, the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft ?by the New Orleans Hornets, was cut from the Olympic roster Saturday along with Rudy Gay and Eric Gordon, according to The Associated Press. Davis had recently sprained his ankle during a workout with the Hornets and was not able to practice in Las Vegas with the Americans.

Andre Iguodala, Blake Griffin and James Harden took the last three Olympic team spots.

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Anthony Davis will report to Team USA training camp in Las Vegas on Wednesday, according to a Tweet from Adrian Wojnarowksi of Yahoo! Sports.

"The injury isn't as bad as originally thought," a source told Woj. "(Davis) really wants to play."

The No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft out of Kentucky, Davis sprained his ankle during a workout with the New Orleans Hornets and was originally thought to be out for the London Olympics.

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New Orleans Hornets forward Anthony Davis suffered a severely sprained ankle at a workout and is likely out for the London Olympics, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowki of Yahoo! Sports.

?Just getting a report that his ankle is serious doesn?t mean anything to me until we get an official doctor?s report on what that means," Team USA Chairman Jerry Colangelo told Sam Amick of SI.com. "Does it mean he can?t practice for a week? Does it mean he?s out for a month? You know what I?m saying. I don?t like to speculate.?

Anthony was the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft after being named the National Player of the Year at Kentucky.

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Julius Randle can add a gold medal to his growing list of accomplishments.

The uncommitted 2013 forward from Prestonwood Christian Academy put up a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds to help the U.S. U18 team win the gold medal over host Brazil, 81-56, in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

In five games in Brazil, Randle averaged 14.2 points and 6.6 rebounds.

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Early on in the playoffs, Steve Simmons,wrote in the Toronto Sun that John Tortorella's reputation had been severely damaged and that "if he had any ambition to coach the U.S. Olympic team in 2014, well, he can probably forget about it now."

He writes that Tortorella was thought to be the favorite to follow Ron Wilson as coach of Team USA in 2014, but now it is likely to be Peter Laviolette or Dan Bylsma.

From the Toronto Globe and Mail, Bruce Dowbiggin writes, "The thinking goes that Team USA officials don?t want the extra headaches of a combustible coach at an Olympics. There are enough problems without getting the entire media corps on your case, too. Gee, the media keeping a coach from getting a prestigious hockey gig? What is this, Montreal? "

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In his Mailbag at ESPN Insider, Craig Custance answers a fan question about the job that Ryan Callahan has done as captain by saying that not only was Callahan an excellent choice and that "He'll be captaining Team USA in the Olympics someday."

The leadership for Team USA at the 2010 games was Jamie Langenbrunner as captain and Dustin Brown, Zach Parise, Ryat Suter and Brian Rafalski as alternate captains.

I think that Cally will be in the discussion but that guys like Brown, Suter, Parise, David Backes and Ryan Kesler will also be considered. Still, that is pretty high praise.

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NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler?of the Knicks were named among the 20 finalists for the U.S. Olympic roster, but Amar'e Stoudemire was predictably left off.

"It's definitely not my choice, I would love to play," Stoudemire said following the Knicks 102-93 loss to the Orlando Magic at MSG. "My loyalty is with USA Basketball, as it always has been."

In July 2010, then-Knicks GM Donnie Walsh called USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo to say that the team wanted to pull Stoudemire out of consideration for the World Championships because his contract was uninsured related to his multiple knee surgeries.

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At NHL.com, Adam Kimelman lists out the best American born players by position.

He picks former Rangers Tony Amonte and Mike Knuble to be on the RW list.

Pat LaFontaine and Chris Drury make the list for centers.

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via the latest issue of The Hockey News

Agree or Disagree with these choice....

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American born players on the Rangers roster are Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan McDonagh, Brian Boyle, Derek Stepan Mike Rupp and Michael Sauer.

American born prospects and minor leaguers are Ryan Bourque, Chris Kreider, JT Miller, Steven Fogarty, Chad Kolarik, Andrew Yogan, Shane McColgan, Stu Bickel and technically Tim Erixon, but he plays for Sweden.

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JaMychal Green?of Alabama scored a game-high 17 points and Syracuse's Scoop Jardine?added 16 points to lead Team USA to a 112-68 win over South Korea Monday in the World University Games in China.

Trevor Mbakwe?of Minnesota scored 14 points and grabbed?11 rebounds, Pitt's Ashton Gibbs had 14 points and four assists and Michigan State's?Draymond Green?finished with 12 points, 12 boards and four steals.

Team USA is now 3-0 entering Wednesday's game with Finland.

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