Russia and Hockey Canada both announced their 2014 Olympic roster on Tuesday. Two players that were expected to be on their respective teams, Eric Staal and Alex Semin, were both left off the rosters.
Eric Staal has had a good season, but Canada is stacked full of talented players. Eric Staal probably deserved to make it to Team Canada, but you can’t really blame Canada on this one. Eric Staal was a member of the 2010 Gold Medal winning team.
Alex Semin was a huge surprise. He was expected to be a no doubter for Russia, but he will not be in Sochi in February. Alex Semin was a member of the Russian team in 2010 that finished sixth. It’s likely that Russia wanted to change it up after under performing in 2010, but it was still a bit surprising.
This should be a wake up call for Eric Staal and Alex Semin. Neither of them are having big seasons like they should be having, especially Alex Semin. Eric Staal’s numbers aren’t bad, but he has not looked like the same Eric Staal. He seems to be lacking passion and the will to make big plays.
Alex Semin, on the other hand, doesn’t have good numbers and he doesn’t look good on the ice. Semin has not been scoring at the rate that the Carolina Hurricanes need. He’s being paid $7 million, but he is not playing like an elite player.
This needs to be a wake up call for Eric Staal and Alex Semin. They need to step up their game, and being snubbed by their respective countries will hopefully light a fire under them and improve their games.