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08:22 AM ET 12.27 | Playing goal at the IIHF World Junior Championship isn't always an enviable job, something Malcolm Subban has found out quickly this time around. Team Canada coach Steve Spott has moved to try and reduce the potential distraction of a goaltending controversy by declaring Subban as his man for the tournament. ... [Said Team Canada goaltending consultant Ron Tugnutt]: "People are putting him down as a failure before he even has a chance. Everyone in Canada is saying our goaltending is a big failure. We've only played one game in the tournament. Give the guy a chance. Give him a chance. Everyone has already discounted him as a failure before we even get there," he said. "That's sad. That's wrong. He hears it. He knows."

Toronto Sun

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December 27, 2012  08:37 AM ET

I sincerely hope he doesn't become know as "Monster Lite."

December 27, 2012  08:50 AM ET

Everyone in Canada is saying our goaltending is a big failure.

I'm kind of upset that my Canadian hockey brethren are being disparaged by a tugnut.

December 27, 2012  08:53 AM ET



I'm not sure I'd blame him for this one. A short handed goal where the four Canadians were mesmorized like Tim Bits.

December 27, 2012  08:55 AM ET



He needs to make this stop but I wouldn't 'blame' him on this one either.

December 27, 2012  08:57 AM ET



Horrible giveaway. Hardly Subban's fault.

December 27, 2012  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Everyone in Canada is saying our goaltending is a big failure.I'm kind of upset that my Canadian hockey brethren are being disparaged by a tugnut.

He's really only talking to the To***to Sun Bishop.

December 27, 2012  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'm not sure I'd blame him for this one. A short handed goal where the four Canadians were mesmorized like Tim Bits.

*mesmerized

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December 27, 2012  10:09 AM ET

He seems to be excellent when the play is in front of him. When he has to quickly move east to west in the crease it gets sketchy.

December 27, 2012  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'm not sure I'd blame him for this one. A short handed goal where the four Canadians were mesmorized like Tim Bits.

HC said he was a little slow east to west. I'm thinking when the games are over he'll be a little faster from east back to the west.

December 27, 2012  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He seems to be excellent when the play is in front of him. When he has to quickly move east to west in the crease it gets sketchy.

WellHC, you said he was a little slow east to west. I'm thinking when the games are over he'll be a little faster from east back to the west.

December 27, 2012  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I sincerely hope he doesn't become know as "Monster Lite."

will he be traded to T.O.?

December 27, 2012  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I sincerely hope he doesn't become know as "Monster Lite."

Not a chance!

December 27, 2012  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He seems to be excellent when the play is in front of him. When he has to quickly move east to west in the crease it gets sketchy.

You're right on both points but, he reserves his best play for when the action is on the other end of the ice.

December 27, 2012  11:18 AM ET

Poor Germany - getting thumped by the U.S. right after Canada. I have to give them credit though , against Canadas 4th line they were superior. If Canada gets to the medal round they better just roll the top 3 lines.

December 27, 2012  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

If Canada gets to the medal round they better just roll the top 3 lines.

I like that, HC. Not many of your fellow Canucks are as realistic as you are. Most wear blinders and think Canada deserves the Gold Medal by just showing up.

December 27, 2012  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He seems to be excellent when the play is in front of him. When he has to quickly move east to west in the crease it gets sketchy.

Sounds like a certain goalie that is rumored to be Toronto's starter

December 27, 2012  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I like that, HC. Not many of your fellow Canucks are as realistic as you are. Most wear blinders and think Canada deserves the Gold Medal by just showing up.

i just got a very accurate e-mail from Whale 2 . He states that if Canada does not adjust to the tight officiating and stay out of the box , a gold medal is a pipe dream. I am really looking forward to the Russia vs USA game. Go YANKS !!!

December 27, 2012  12:10 PM ET

Listen to Ron Tugnutt. Name always makes me laugh.

 
December 27, 2012  12:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He seems to be excellent when the play is in front of him. When he has to quickly move east to west in the crease it gets sketchy.

I think Suban is the right guy. Lately Team Canada has picked the goalie who has had a good camp not the one who has played the best over a season or two. If the boys can't stay out of the penalty I doubt it will matter who the goalie is.

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