Dec 29, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal (12) warms up before playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Hurricanes 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Staal and Alexander Semin Left Off Respective Olympic Rosters

Two Carolina Hurricanes players received good news about the Olympics, while two others did not.

Tuomo Ruutu and Andrej Sekera were named to the Finland and Slovakia Olympic teams today, respectively, while Eric Staal and Alexander Semin were left off the Canada and Russia rosters, respectively.

Staal isn’t having a bad season, maybe not as good as last year, but still has 35 points (10 goals, 25 assists) in 42 games. The problem is that Canada is so stacked, especially at center, that making the Canadian team is such a difficult task. It’s unfortunate that the oldest Staal brother could not make the roster, but you have to respect Canada’s decision at the same time.

Jeff Skinner did not make the Canadian team also.

In a more surprising move, Semin was not included on Russia’s roster. Before today, I would have thought there would be no doubt Semin would be there, but the team decided to go in a different direction taking some players that play overseas instead of the former Capital.

It’s possible the Russians wanted a different look to the team than in 2010, which finished sixth in the Olympics, but Semin is still one of the country’s top players.

Ruutu may not be having a great season, but brings plenty of grit to the Finland team. There was no doubt Sekera would not make Slovakia, especially with the season he is having.

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