After playing 77 regular season games and losing in the first round of the playoffs, Martin Brodeur has turned down an invitation to backstop Canada’s team in this year’s World Championship.
Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman confirmed Monday that the No. 1 spot was Brodeur’s if he wanted it, but he declined after a conversation with Yzerman Sunday. The Canadian team will add one more goalie after the first round of the playoffs to the tandem of Pascal Leclaire and Cam Ward.
“Marty thought it would be best to give the guys who were selected a chance,” Yzerman said.
Yzerman will also add three more forwards and three defensemen to the roster after the first round is completed Tuesday night.
The Canadian team had hoped to have all its players selected in time for a training camp that begins Thursday, but several key series still have to be played out.
Should the Calgary Flames lose to the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 of their series Tuesday night, Yzerman will have the likes of Jarome Iginla, Daymond Langkow and Matthew Lombardi at forward available, along with Dion Phaneuf, Adrian Aucoin and Robyn Regehr on defense.
It’s believed Dany Heatley of the Ottawa Senators, who has been a regular with the national team in the past, will be invited and depending on which forwards are available after the first round, Jason Spezza will likely get the call, as well.
It’s believed the third goaltending job will be between Josh Harding of the Minnesota Wild and Carey Price, should Montreal bow out of the playoffs Monday night.