Once the goalie situation was settled for Canada's Olympic opener against Norway on Thursday (Carey Price is getting the start) the only question that remained was which skaters would be the odd men out when it came to being the healthy scratches.
Now we know.
Third goalie Mike Smith will also be scratched.
Subban and Duchene are expected to be in the lineup on Friday when Canada takes on Austria.
Subban and Duchene get in tomorrow vs. Austria.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 13, 2014
Still, the big name here is Subban. Sure, it's a testament to the embarrassment of riches Canada has in terms of talent and how deep the roster is when your extra defenseman, even if it's for just one game, was voted the best all-around defenseman in the league just last season. But it's also somewhat of an odd move. For all of the talk there is about the big ice surface and the style of hockey that is played on it, Subban's skill seems like it would be made for that type of game.
There is nothing wrong with Bouwmeester and Hamhuis, of course … other than the fact that they're not P.K. Subban or the reigning Norris Trophy winners.