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Mike Babcock was a man with a plan on Saturday. Authentic Michael Kors Outlet . The Canadian mens Olympic hockey team head coach arranged to take in some mens curling with a bunch of players before shuffling off to the nearby Bolshoy Ice Dome to scout the Russia-United States mens hockey game. Sometime in the evening he planned to assemble goalkeepers Roberto Luongo and Carey Price to inform them who would start in Canadas game against Finland on Sunday. Babcock would not reveal at his noon-hour (local time) press briefing whether it would be Luongo, the incumbent, or Price, who has been more consistent this season and played better in the games leading to the Olympic break. But the Canadian coach did remark that he arrived in Sochi with a plan — and nothing transpired in the wins over Norway and Austria to alter his blueprint. "Ive had lots of time,” he said. “We as a management team, and a coaching staff, we watched the NHL all year and we picked the two goalies that we think have got an opportunity. We brought [Mike Smith] to be in the role [of third goalie] and now well just go from here and watch. “We did the same thing last time. We had a plan. We understand and I said this a number of times you get one change in this tournament and you can still win." Like in Vancouver four years ago. Babcock chose veteran Martin Brodeur to be No. 1, but after he faltered in Canadas third game of the tournament — a 5-3 loss against the United States — Roberto Luongo moved in to win four games in a row to help Canada strike gold. Luongo or Price isnt the only entry on Babcocks checklist. There has been some clamour to find captain Sidney Crosby some new linemates. Chris Kunitz, who plays on the left side with Crosby in Pittsburgh, hasnt exhibited much in his first tour-of-duty with the Canadian Olympic team. "The first line in the last two games has generated a ton of scoring chances, point-blankers, they havent gone in,” Babcock said. “Do we worry that much about that or do we just know good players score in the end? "Lots of times in the Stanley Cup playoffs your team goes a ways and your best players have no points in the first round. Someone else picks them up, but by the time its all over theyre leading the thing in scoring. Its not about that, its about finding a way to be the best team." Babcock gave his players Saturday off to recharge. The 25 of them already played a combined 1,392 NHL games this season before landing in Sochi. The coaching staff put them through three long practices before the Olympic tournament opener against Austria on Thursday, so they needed a break. “A big part of it was the NHL schedule,” Babcock said. “You can just imagine the amount of meetings with their own NHL teams to prepare for each and every game. I just know from our team it seems like we played every single game. It was exhausting. “Then you travel over here. Then you jam in all the information and then we practiced them hard. We practiced for 56 minutes the day before our first game. That would never happen in the NHL. “Everybody needs to breathe.” Another adjustment has been the late starting times for Canada – 9 p.m. Sochi time. “We tried to turn 9 oclock into 7 oclock over here,” Babcock said. “But its 2:30 in the morning and youre sitting around every night. I saw [Canadian defenceman] Duncan Keith this morning and Dunc said he had to race over to McDonalds to get an egg mcmuffin. So he had to get up early. Priorities, right?” Uk Michael Kors Bags .C. -- Duke can finally take a breather. Cheap Michael Kors Tote Bag . Parker left Wednesdays series-clinching win over Portland early in the second quarter with tightness in his hamstring and did not return. He was 0-for-2 from the floor prior to exiting the eventual victory, which sent the Spurs into the Western Conference finals for the third straight year. Concern for his family, a recent bout with cancer and a surprise job offer convinced Alex Baumann to step down as chief executive officer of Own The Podium. Canadas double Olympic gold medallist in swimming in 1984 announced Wednesday he is taking a similar position with High Performance Sport New Zealand. With the 2012 Summer Olympics in London less than a year away, OTP now has a crucial job vacancy to fill. The organization oversees virtually all aspects of an athletes competitive life and it was Baumann who ultimately made the tough choices on which athletes had enough medal potential to receive federal government funding. Baumann had surgery for prostate cancer last winter, but the 47-year-old from Sudbury, Ont., said he hasnt suffered a recurrence of cancer. The procedure was stressful for his Australian wife Tracy and children Ashton and Tabitha, however. The experience made Baumann realize they need the support of Tracys extended family in Australia. "During this time, it really brought back to me to have family close by and unfortunately I dont have any family here and Tracy has a lot of relatives in Australia," Baumann told The Canadian Press from Ottawa on Wednesday. "Thats when we started thinking we needed to be a lot closer to her family." Ashton and Tabitha, both born in Australia, are nationally-ranked age group swimmers. Ashtons Ottawa coach moved to Edmonton. Ashton was considering moving back to Australia to train. The job offer in New Zealand came "out of the blue" six weeks ago, Baumann said. "I wanted to make sure I kept the family together," he explained. "That, compounded by the fact these job opportunities dont come up that often, thats what made my decision for me." The family will move to Auckland where Ashton and Tabitha will train and where theyre a three-hour flight from Australia instead of a two-day trip from Ottawa. Baumann says both his children want to continue to represent Canada internationally. Baumanns bout with cancer was his second as he had surgery for testicular cancer in 1999. He says hes healthy now and swimming three or four times a week. He was planning to step down from OTP when his contract ended in December 2012. Circumstances accelerated his departure, but the man who has a Maple Leaf tattoo on his chest says leaving now was not an easy decision. "It was very difficult," Baumann said. "What really made the decision for me was when I was in Australia in August and really saw the closeness of the family and importance of family and that was critical for me. I think that put me over the edge and made me think about this position in New Zealand." He had discussed his concerns in recent months with OTP board chairman John Furlong, so it wasnt a complete surprise to Furlong that Baumann decided to step down. "I know that he was feeling challenged, conflicted and worried," Furlong said. "He did the right thing. Obviously for Canadian sport and OTP its a big loss, bbut hes had cancer twice. Michael Kors Tote Clearance. This was important for him to make a good call here and I think he made the right call for his family." Baumann will officially leave OTP on Oct. 1 and will start his new job in Auckland on Jan. 31. He worked in Australias sport system for 15 years before returning to Canada in 2006 to oversee Canadas summer sport program called Road To Excellence. The summer sport side eventually united under OTP and Baumann took over as CEO after Roger Jackson stepped down following the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C. Baumann wanted to help run Canadas sports system 10 years ago, but it took Canadas poor performance at the 2004 Olympics in Athens for the country to bring him back. Baumann brought an athletes drive, some would say ruthlessness, to the position. "What you want is someone who is going to be prepared to say no and to be unpopular and is prepared to stare down an organization that needs to make an about-face and thats what has been good about Alex," Furlong said. "Weve had a lot of things happen under his leadership, but one of his remarkable traits has been his ability to look at a situation and say this isnt good enough and we need to get better at this. "When you have a guy that knows what it takes to get to the top, hes a harder guy to fool." Canada finished tied for 14th in the overall medal count at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing with 18 medals, an improvement on the 12 won in Athens. Canadas goal for London is a top-12 finish among the 200-odd countries participating. Baumanns seconds-in-command at OTP -- Anne Merklinger for summer sport and Ken Read for winter -- are capable of overseeing the countrys sport system while the search is conducted for Baumanns replacement, said Furlong. "We have good people and the programs are strong and solid," he stated. "London is coming around the corner quickly. Our board is going to have a conversation in the next few days about this, but our goal will try to be to sort this out without allowing it to affect the preparation of the (Olympic) team." OTP is responsible for athletes training between international events, but the Canadian Olympic Committee looks after them at Olympic Games and prepares them for the Games environment. "We want to thank Alex for his outstanding contribution to the Canadian Olympic movement," COC president Marcel Aubut said in a statement. "His leadership has helped create a strong and fruitful partnership between the COC and OTP that will endure." Baumann hopes the go-for-the-jugular attitude Canada displayed in winning 14 gold medals in 2010 continues. "Its what Australians say you need to have the mongrel in you," Baumann said. "I do think we have that. "You have to keep going down the same path where you dont compromise on excellence and make sure that its a performance-based approach and theres an accountability for performance without the bureaucracy." Cheap China Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China ' ' '
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