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Kindl not representing Czech Republic @ Olympics

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Someone who decided to chose the son-in-law of the coach.

The Czechs selected six NHL defensemen: Radko Gudas (Tampa Bay), Zbynek Michalek (Phoenix), Michal Roszival (Chicago), Ladislav Smid (Edmonton) and Marek Zidlicky (New Jersey); two former established NHL defensemen: Tomas Kaberle (Kladno in Czech Republic) and Lukas Krajicek (Dynamo Minsk in Russia); and one ex-fringe NHL player: Michal Barinka (Vitkovice in Czech Republic).

Barinka, by many accounts, was a surprise selection. He reportedly is the son-in-law of the Czech team’s head coach, Alois Hadamczik.

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I'm wondering if Russia is bribing officials at this point after ridiculous omissions on the US and Czech teams. Petr Nedved? Who played for Canada at one point? Mind boggling.

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No surprise here imo. Lol at Petr Nedved, but good for him, what a gap in between olympics for him,

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This entire time I thought Kindl was Swedish.

Actual exchange from CBS Sports comments regarding choices for the Czech Team:

spiropericles

17 hours ago

How can they leave off Marian Hossa, a possible future Hall of famer?

Xenith

16 hours ago

Probably because he is playing for Slovakia where he is actually from?

Edited by kipwinger
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Wow, that team's kind of a head-scratcher. Worth mentioning; Mrazek honestly seems like a glaring omission when you check (pun intended) out the backups they selected.

This team is pretty terrible. Good luck to them.

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So Sobotka now can't play. Who do they replace him with?? Hudler? Vrbata? Nope.

Martin Erat.

I really hope this team get embarrassed. Their selection is a joke.

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So Sobotka now can't play. Who do they replace him with?? Hudler? Vrbata? Nope.

Martin Erat.

I really hope this team get embarrassed. Their selection is a joke.

I think this confirms the anti-NHL theory. There's literally no other reason why they'd pick Martin Erat over Jiri Hudler. Hudler's something of a stud, Erat is a disaster who, one could argue, has been massively screwed over by his Evil Czech-Hating NHL Overlords. Czech Pride and whatnot. I guess.

Nedved, though - everyone really does just want to get with his wife.

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@TheHockeyNews: The Czechs again overlooked Jiri Hudler and Radim Vrbata in favor of Martin Erat. Here's one theory why. http://t.co/9wXddzUaom

I don't buy it. I think they're basing it entirely on past performances. Hence Cervenka in the top 6 and Nedved on the team.

I do agree they chose Erat because they believe he's a better defensive player and skater and he will play in the bottom 6.

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@TheHockeyNews: The Czechs again overlooked Jiri Hudler and Radim Vrbata in favor of Martin Erat. Here's one theory why. http://t.co/9wXddzUaom

“His decision not to include Barta was a shock,” Barta said.

This whole thing has me wondering if the Czech Republic is even a real place.

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This whole thing has me wondering if the Czech Republic is even a real place.

BottleOfSmoke also noticed that Barta said that about Barta, and BottleOfSmoke lol'd at her desk. Edited by BottleOfSmoke

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