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On Golden Ponds: St. Louis Selected for Sochi

Stamkos's injury opens spot for St. Louis

By Jim Iovino
|  Thursday, Feb 6, 2014  |  Updated 1:04 PM EDT
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St. Louis's Sochi Snub Over

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Martin St. Louis #26 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates a goal against the San Jose Sharks at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on January 18, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

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A wrong has been righted, as far as some hockey aficionados are concerned.

Martin St. Louis, originally snubbed from Team Canada's Olympic ice hockey roster, has been added to the roster due to the injury that is forcing his Tampa Bay Lightning teammate, Steven Stamkos, out of the Sochi Games.

As discussed last night, it made sense for Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman, who is also the GM in Tampa, to name St. Louis as Stamkos's replacement -- not just for Team Canada, but also for the relationship among Yzerman, Stamkos and St. Louis in the Bolts' locker room.

St. Louis met the press Thursday morning to discuss his Olympic addition, and still seemed to be smarting a bit from his initial denial. He does not deny that he doesn't hid his emotions often.

He said that even though he was named as a replacement he's "not sure it takes the sting away," showing just how hurt he was by not being a part of the team from the start. He said he didn't think about working harder to be named as a possible replacement, even though he went out and scored 16 points in the next 14 games after the roster was picked.

"It was tough to be left off of it, and I was trying to move past it," he said.

But, at the end of the day, he's not going to turn down an opportunity to represent his country.

"However you get there, people don't really care at that point," he said. "You're just there. That's my mentality. I'm there, and I'm going to make the best of it."

Yzerman did a lot of good with this move on many levels, and many are happy to see St. Louis get that coveted spot in Sochi -- including Stamkos.

"If there's anyone who deserved a spot on the team, I think everyone in our locker room can attest to that," Stamkos said. "He deserved a spot on that team since Day 1. So I'm very happy for him."
 

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