The Finnish roster, via CTV's Olympic site:
Miikka Kiprusoff(notes) (Calgary Flames, NHL), Niklas Bäckström (Minnesota Wild, NHL), Antero Niittymäki (Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL)
Kimmo Timonen(notes) (Philadelphia Flyers, NHL), Sami Salo(notes) (Vancouver Canucks, NHL), Joni Pitkänen (Carolina Hurricanes, NHL), Lasse Kukkonen(notes) (Avangard Omsk, RUS), Toni Lydman(notes) (Buffalo Sabres, NHL), Sami Lepistö (Phoenix Coyotes, NHL), Janne Niskala(notes) (Frölunda, SWE)
Mikko Koivu(notes) (Minnesota Wild, NHL), Tuomo Ruutu(notes) (Carolina Hurricanes, NHL), Valtteri Filppula(notes) (Detroit Red Wings, NHL), Teemu Selänne (Anaheim Ducks, NHL), Saku Koivu(notes) (Anaheim Ducks, NHL), Jere Lehtinen(notes) (Dallas Stars, NHL), Niklas Hagman(notes) (Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL), Olli Jokinen(notes) (Calgary Flames, NHL), Antti Miettinen(notes) (Minnesota Wild, NHL), Jarkko Ruutu(notes) (Ottawa Senators, NHL), Niko Kapanen(notes) (Ak Bars Kazan, RUS), Ville Peltonen(notes) (Dynamo Minsk, BLR), Jarkko Immonen(notes) (Ak Bars Kazan, RUS)
There are a few surprises here: Niitymaki over Pekka Rinne(notes) of the Nashville Predators, for starters. But Preds blog On The Forecheck makes that case that Rinne's average 2009-10 season likely gave the edge to the Tampa Bay netminder.
But the real stunner is Jussi Jokinen(notes) of the Carolina Hurricanes being left off the roster as two of his teammates made the cut. Paul Branecky of the Hurricanes Web site has a detailed defense of the winger's credentials, including this salient point:
Each and every game in the Olympic competition is subject to a shootout, following an overtime period of five, 10 or 20 minutes, depending on the stage of the tournament (somewhat complicated tournament rules can be found here). Whether it's picking up points in the preliminary round or facing elimination in the playoffs, can Finland really afford to leave arguably the best shootout man in the world at home? The team's organizers will certainly hope it doesn't come to that.
Jeepers, when's the last time someone got this worked up over Jussi Jokinen? Oh, right: that time ...
Other than those two, no seismic shocks. But if you needed further validation that Ville Leino's(notes) massively underwhelming season for the Detroit Red Wings has affected his stick, look no further than this roster.
Meanwhile, this is how the Czechs roll, via CTV:
Tomas Vokoun(notes) (Florida Panthers/NHL), Ondrej Pavelec(notes) (Atlanta Thrashers/NHL), Jakub Stepanek (Vitkovice/CZE).
Miroslav Blatak (Salavat Yulaev Ufa/RUS), Jan Hejda(notes) (Columbus Blue Jackets/NHL), Tomas Kaberle(notes) (Toronto Maple Leafs/NHL), Filip Kuba(notes) (Ottawa Senators/NHL), Pavel Kubina(notes) (Atlanta Thrashers/NHL), Zbynek Michalek(notes) (Phoenix Coyotes/NHL), Roman Polak(notes) (St Louis Blues/NHL), Marek Zidlicky(notes) (Minnesota Wild/NHL).
Petr Cajanek(notes) (Saint-Pétersbourg/RUS), Roman Cervenka (Slavia Prague/CZE), Patrik Elias(notes) (New Jersey Devils/NHL), Martin Erat(notes) (Nashville Predators/NHL), Tomas Fleischmann(notes) (Washington Capitals/NHL), Martin Havlat(notes) (Minnesota Wild/NHL), Jaromir Jagr(notes) (Avangard Omsk/NHL), David Krejci(notes) (Boston Bruins/NHL), Milan Michalek(notes) (Ottawa Senators/NHL), Tomas Plekanec(notes) (Canadiens de Montréal/NHL), Tomas Rolinek (Magnitogorsk/RUS), Josef Vasicek(notes) (Yaroslavl/RUS).
Eight defensemen and no Marek Malik(notes)!? But what about the 15-round shootouts?
Jagr, like Peter Forsberg(notes) with Sweden adds a jolt of blissful nostalgia to the tournament having won gold at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. He's actually having an average year in the KHL with Omsk: 27 points in 33 games after scoring 53 in 55 games in his first season with the Russian League. But in this tournament, and on an NHL ice surface with that talent around him, it's going to be fun to watch. We respectfully ask for the reestablishment of the Jagr Playoff Squirrel's Tail.
Surprises on the roster, besides the previously leaked news that Hasek missed the cut? Milan Hejduk(notes) isn't really Milan Hejduk anymore, but he's a three-time Olympian for this nation and has 25 points in 33 games this season. Yet Coach Vlad Ruzicka said "Hejduk's got a knee problem" and left him off.
Vinny Prospal of the New York Rangers was also injured recently, and doesn't appear here. Neither does Michael Frolik(notes) of the Florida Panthers, but at 21 years old he's got some time left for the Olympics. Until Gary puts the hammer down on NHL participation, that is.
Finally, congratulations to Jiri Hudler(notes) of the KHL, whose journey to hockey obscurity has been validated by his absence from this roster. Well, at least he can afford Olympic tickets should he choose to scalp them.