February 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Jiri Tlusty (middle) celebrates his goal with teammates left wing Alexander Semin (left) and center Eric Staal (12) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Staal And Alex Semin Get A Wake Up Call After Being Snubbed From The 2014 Olympics

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.

Tags: Alex Semin Canada Carolina Hurricanes Eric Staal Olympics Russia

  • Adrian Klingel

    They picked Rick Nash over Staal. That’s ridiculous. Rick Nash over Eric Staal. Let that sink in a little while.

    • Brett Finger

      In my opinion, Eric Staal should have gotten on the team over Rick Nash and Jeff Carter.

      • Adrian Klingel

        Being an Olympic GM, it’s impossible not to disappoint somebody. Nash has always been stellar in international play, but as they say in the stock market “past performance is not a guarantee of future performance”. He’s just been invisible for over a year now. Plus he’ll be playing against TJ Oshie, who at 5’11″ absolutely owns him physically. Look up some of those videos when you get a chance.

        • Brett Finger

          It was almost impossible for Hockey Canada to make a “bad decision”. You can’t blame them for their choices due to how many talented player come out of Canada. All the players that are on Canada are fully deserving of their spots. Hopefully Eric will start to play with a chip on his shoulder after not being chosen by the team.