Tuesday, August 23, 2016

World Cup Player Notes (Aug 23)

The off-season core muscle surgery that Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn undergone will indeed keep him out of the World Cup of Hockey and he was replaced today by San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture.

When the surgery was originally announced in the middle of July, the outlook was unclear as to whether or not Benn would have been able to participate in the tournament, but it looks like the Stars and Hockey Canada are going to take the cautious approach to his recovery and why wouldn't they?  The two sides are only dealing with an MVP finalist and the regular season is far more important than this exhibition tournament.

Couture is coming off a very good Stanley Cup Finals run, where him and his Sharks did fall short of the overall goal, but this tournament should help him to get on track for a much better 2017 regular season, trying to improve upon his 36-point total (52 games) in the 2016 season.

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