Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Wade Redden paired with Adam Foote

Pronger's defence partner with Canada, Rob Blake of the Colorado Avalanche, also endured a recent health scare. But Blake, who tweaked a groin against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday, also declared himself fit.
"I played (Sunday night) in Detroit and had no problems whatsoever," Blake said.
The losses of Pronger and Blake would have been close to disastrous for Canada, given the absences of Scott Niedermayer and Ed Jovanovski, who are injured. There might be good depth for Canada, but Bryan McCabe and Jay Bouwmeester, the replacements for Niedermayer and Jovanovski, are not equally as good.
At practice yesterday, coach Pat Quinn also had Wade Redden paired with Adam Foote, and Bouwmeester with Robyn Regehr. McCabe was with taxi-squad member Dan Boyle and will be the seventh defenceman, but Quinn said he plans on using all seven.

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