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Kane named U.S. Olympian, Byfuglien left off roster

By Jeffrey Bartl

Patrick Kane became the sixth Blackhawk named to an Olympic roster today when it was announced he would represent the United States. Kaner is the youngest player on the roster at 21 years old.

I’m assuming no one had the “Holy shit!” reaction when this was announced. Kaner is one of the most talented players in the world and this was a virtual lock since Day 1. The kid’s play has elevated each season he’s been in the league, and this year he’s a force night in and night out. He controls the puck, has an uncanny ability to feel where his teammates are on the ice and ridiculous shot accuracy that has helped to undress many a goaltender. I can’t wait to see Kaner in the Olympics.

As Chris Kuc reported earlier today, Dustin Byfuglien will get to enjoy the Olympic break from his couch. Buff was left off the roster, and I really don’t think it’s all that surprising. There are many ‘Hawks fans who believe he deserved a nod, but I think it’s more bias than anything. Buff’s had a decent season to date and has shown flashes of brilliance. But the committee was smart enough to realize what us fans try to ignore — he can be lazy, slow and soft.

The problem is all of that seems to be by choice. We’ve seen the guy bust his ass 110 percent on shifts, seen him show bursts of speed that belong on a NASCAR track and knock the hell out of people. If he did it all the time like he’s capable of, he’d have that weird ass name spelled across the back of a red, white and blue sweater right now.

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