SOCHI, Russia -- The Canadian men’s hockey team is expected to announce a replacement for injured center
Stamkos, of the
Pascall said that although Stamkos had been expected to play the wing, there's no guarantee he will be replaced by a winger.
"We're looking for what we think is the best player that's going to help us win," Pascall said. "Right now, we have a lot of centermen that have to move to the wing. Positionally, we're looking for the best player."
He added, "We were very hopeful that his recovery was coming along. ... Steven has been a great player internationally representing Canada in the past and we hope that he'll represent us again many times in the future."
Stamkos expressed his disappointment in a statement released by the Lightning.
"I honestly believe that we did everything possible in order to have my injured leg ready in time for the Olympics, but I realize you can't force healing," he said. "I know, in the best interest of my long-term health, I cannot represent Canada in Sochi, as much as I would like to."