Steve Stamkos is out and his linemate Martin St. Louis will be in, if odds posted Thursday are accurate.
The Tampa Bay sniper broke his leg in November and hoped to be healed in time for the Winter Olympics. But doctors ruled him out yesterday, Sportsbook the hockey bench door for a new player.
St. Louis, who was deemed the biggest snub when the team was announced last month, is -400 to be named to Team Canada, according to Sportsbook. Claude Giroux, the Flyers captain who started slowly but has been excellent lately, is the third betting choice as a 6/1 longshot.
Eric Staal, an important part of the 2010 Olympic team, is +300 while Sidney Crosby’s teammate James Neal is the fourth betting choice at +750.
The lopsided odds may stem from the fact St. Louis expressed dismay when his boss, Steve Yzerman, passed him over. Yzerman is the GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning and also in charge of selecting Canada's Olympic team.
Who will be Team Canada's men's team first injury callup be? (from Sportsbook):
Martin St. Louis -400
Eric Staal +300
Claude Giroux +600
James Neal +750
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