Wait almost over for Fisher
Senators centre anxious for Canadian Olympic announcement
|Senators centre Mike Fisher will learn Wednesday whether he's been chosen to represent Canada at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images).
But the Senators centre insists the Vancouver 2010 Games won't be at the front of his thoughts when Ottawa faces off against the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet, Team 1200).
Fisher is still very much in the mix to land one of Team Canada's forward positions for the upcoming Olympics. Canadian executive director Steve Yzerman is slated to unveil the final roster Wednesday in Saskatoon – a highly-ancticipated announcement that will be broadcast live at noon ET on 13 Canadian television networks that are part of the CTV/Rogers Olympic broadcast consortium.
"I don't know whether I'm really excited or nervous or whatever," Fisher said earlier today when asked about the possibility of wearing the red maple leaf in Vancouver. "It's something I'll be watching, I'm sure, but I want to focus on playing as hard as I can tonight.
"Other than that, it's out of my control and I can't worry about it."
While Fisher wasn't among the 46 players invited to Hockey Canada's Olympic summer orientation camp in Calgary, his strong early-season performance has been difficult for Canada's Olympic brass to ignore. While Fisher's energetic, physical play has long been his trademark, the Senators centre has added a more significant scoring touch this season, with 15 goals and 30 points in 36 games.
Hockey Night in Canada commentator Don Cherry even gave his candidacy a push on Saturday night, saying Fisher would be among his choices for Canada's team.
Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and defenceman Anton Volchenkov have already been named to Olympic teams for Sweden and Russia, respectively. While some were surprised the Russians didn't also include Ottawa forward Alex Kovalev on their roster, the two-time Olympic medallist was philosophical about it.
"It's not a surprise for me," said Kovalev. "First of all, the way I've played this season so far, I'm not putting up enough points on the board. And any coach would probably make the same decision, to pick the same team that won the world championship (the Russians are two-time defending world champs).
"I think that's pretty much what happened. (Russian coach Vyacheslav Bykov) decided to stay with the team that won the two world championships. It's still good for me, too. It would definitely be nice to be in the Olympics, but 10 days rest won't hurt me to get prepared for the rest of the season."
Cowen aids Team Canada rout at 2010 WJC
Senators defence prospect Jared Cowen and Team Canada blanked Switzerland 6-0 in Saskatoon today for their second straight victory at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. Cowen, the ninth overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, earned an assist on Brandon McMillan's hat-trick goal in the third period.
Two other Senators prospects, forwards Andre Petersson and Jakob Silfverberg, are suiting up for Sweden in the 2010 WJC. The Swedes are 2-0-0 so far, with Petersson collecting four points (2-2-0) and Silfverberg adding a goal and an assist.