Gee, it's a real shame that Ryan Callahan got hurt. Don't know how Team USA is going to survive the absence of a player that had all of 10 goals last year. I suppose adding the third highest goal scorer amongst American born players could help ease the loss of a guy that quickly became an afterthought on his own team, but I have my doubts. I guess Kyle Palmieri - the key acquisition who helped transform the Devils from a comically bad team to one that was in competition for a playoff spot throughout the majority of last year - could be considered a formidable asset. If the chips fall just right then maybe his shot - which somehow made one of the lowest scoring teams in NHL history one of the most efficient teams on the powerplay - could help his country in international play. Still, I am a little hesitant to get my hopes up with how flawless the powers that be have been at picking rosters for Team USA. Hopefully the addition of someone that provides offense and actually has a scoring touch doesn't throw off the all important chemistry that was on display last Winter Olympics. Wouldn't want to mess with the composition of a locker room that followed up an inevitable loss to Canada with an demoralizing performance in the Bronze Medal game.
Seriously though, I am happy for Kyle Palmieri. This news might be coming an insulting number of months too late, but it's still well deserved. The United States ices a better hockey team with Palms in the lineup instead of Callahan, even if they were too damn stubborn to realize that originally.
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