February 14, 2010
Bothered by an injured left knee, Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom(notes) was replaced today by teammate Johan Franzen, pictured, on the Team Sweden roster. Franzen, who returned this week after missing four months with a torn ACL, has scored in each of his last two games for Detroit.
Holmstrom has been hampered by injuries since last month, sitting out 13 games in January with a broken foot, and he bruised his knee a week ago when he was checked into the boards in a game against the Los Angeles Kings. Holmstrom had told Swedish head coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson that if he played in Detroit's game against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night, he would definitely participate in the Olympics. But he ended up re-injuring his knee and leaving in the first period.
Sweden opens its Olympic competition Wednesday against Germany.
Meanwhile, with final rosters due Monday, Team Canada is going to wait until the last minute to determine whether or not Ryan Getzlaf's(notes) ankle will keep him out of the Games. Jeff Carter(notes) of the Philadelphia Flyers will travel to Vancouver in case Anaheim Ducks forward Getzlaf is forced to withdraw. On Sunday, Anaheim plays its final game before the break against the Edmonton Oilers, and Getzlaf will be a game-time decision. Saturday night in Calgary, he took part in the pregame warm-up but was forced out of the lineup.
Getzlaf would be a huge loss for Canada down the middle, but if he doesn't play Sunday – or if he plays but feels less than 100 percent afterward – then Team Canada and its executive director, Steve Yzerman, cannot afford to take the chance that he might hurt himself again at the Olympics. Unlike in previous Games, no taxi squads are traveling with the teams – which means that a player injured during competition cannot be replaced.