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07:33 AM ET 01.09 | Few U.S.-born players are more willing to play for their country than Jack Johnson, and, a week later, he's still frustrated. [Johnson] is not in a happy place, not only with being left off the team, but with the way Team USA handled the public relations surrounding its announcement. Johnson, who has represented the United States 10 times in various levels of international play, insisted that his frustration and disappointment will not affect his performance with the Blue Jackets, or the way he plays under [Todd Richards]. But he clearly feels he wasn't fully supported by his coach and others within USA Hockey. ... [Said Johnson]: "Anything that's said now is empty and meaningless. When I needed the belief and trust, I didn't get it, and I didn't get it when it counted from numerous people."

The Columbus Dispatch

Jack Johnson, Icon Sports Jack Johnson, Icon Sports
January 9, 2014  07:52 AM ET

The membership list in that club is long and distinguished.

January 9, 2014  08:20 AM ET

These players aren't doing themselves any favors by crying to the media.

January 9, 2014  09:05 AM ET

Johnson: "Anything that's said now is empty and meaningless. When I needed the belief and trust, I didn't get it, and I didn't get it when it counted from numerous people."

Do I smell a veiled threat of a trade demand in those words?

January 9, 2014  09:06 AM ET

As a three time national team captain and a 10 time national team member, not to mention that he is currently playing for one of the assistant coaches, Jack has every right to express his disappointment. It also would have been a professional move to actually contact the players who weren't chosen prior to the announcement - US Hockey muffed this situation and deserves a major penalty plus a game misconduct!!!

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January 9, 2014  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The problem with a guy like JJ lashing out is that he isn't that great of a hockey player and didn't belong on the team anyway.

I take it that trading him for your Captain wouldn't be acceptable?

January 9, 2014  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The problem with a guy like JJ lashing out is that he isn't that great of a hockey player and didn't belong on the team anyway.

the problem with Rick Nash is that he isn't that great a player and he didn't belong on the team anyway...but Canada has some sort of delusional impression of him...

This is basically reverse Nash.

January 9, 2014  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The problem with a guy like JJ lashing out is that he isn't that great of a hockey player and didn't belong on the team anyway.

Seriously. He is 2-9-11 with a -11. Doesn't really represent an elite defensemen who can take on the best offences in the world. I realize he plays for the Blue Jackets but if he was Olympic caliber he stats should be a little better.

January 9, 2014  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Seriously. He is 2-9-11 with a -11. Doesn't really represent an elite defensemen who can take on the best offences in the world. I realize he plays for the Blue Jackets but if he was Olympic caliber he stats should be a little better.

Gotta agree with you there.

January 9, 2014  09:41 AM ET

There's a very good reason they didn't include him. After spending the morning in the airport bar Burke was liable to yell " Hi Jack" and spend the rest of the Olympics in jail.

January 9, 2014  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

There's a very good reason they didn't include him. After spending the morning in the airport bar Burke was liable to yell " Hi Jack" and spend the rest of the Olympics in jail.

Nice!

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January 9, 2014  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Nice!

TY

January 9, 2014  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

they brought a lot of rotten logs to the campfire...

gold.

January 9, 2014  11:34 AM ET

somebody ship this guy a box of midol

January 9, 2014  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Seriously. He is 2-9-11 with a -11. Doesn't really represent an elite defensemen who can take on the best offences in the world. I realize he plays for the Blue Jackets but if he was Olympic caliber he stats should be a little better.

And, what's Shea Weber's plus/minus again? How come he's considered elite? Obviously, the plus/minus stat doesn't tell the whole story. There's more to it than that.

January 9, 2014  12:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

somebody ship this guy a box of midol ...

... and a box of Kleenex to all the other jilted hockey 'super-stars'.

January 9, 2014  12:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

And, what's Shea Weber's plus/minus again? How come he's considered elite? Obviously, the plus/minus stat doesn't tell the whole story. There's more to it than that.

True... but Weber is more productive than Johnson and Johnson has played in front of MUCH better goaltenders this season than Weber has.

I guess my point is, is that if you dont have the stats to support your case for making the team, you probably shouldn't whine because "nobody gave you their trust."

 
January 9, 2014  01:20 PM ET

Safe to say he wants out of Columbus - and all these guys should say whatever they think - the process in NA stinks - and there's definitely more to the BU**SH** selections than meets the eyes.

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