With World Cup training camps set to open Monday, most teams are putting the final touches on preparations as the players convene to prepare for the tournament, which starts Sept. 17. Canada, however, had those preparations interrupted by yet another injury.
Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter has withdrawn from the tournament. According to LA Kings Insider, Carter sustained a lower-body injury during offseason training. He will be replaced by Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry on Canada’s roster.
Carter’s injury is not believed to be serious, but he will miss the tournament nonetheless. Canada, meanwhile, gets to flex its incredible forward depth with the addition of Perry. Carter is a natural center, who probably would have ended up on a wing for the national team. Perry is a natural right winger, with international experience and similar recent numbers as Carter.
The two players actually had identical point totals last year with 62 apiece. Perry had 10 more goals, however, with 34 last season. He also becomes the fourth former Hart Trophy winner to be added to the club, joining Sidney Crosby, Carey Price and Joe Thornton. He was also part of each of the last two gold medal teams Canada sent to the Olympics.
Perry was one of the more surprising omissions given his status, built-in chemistry with center Ryan Getzlaf and the fact that he remains one of the leagues expert agitators. With such a short turnaround before the team opens camp, it’s hardly surprising to see head coach Mike Babcock go with a player he’s won with before.
Perry is the third replacement player added to Canada’s roster. Logan Couture replaced Jamie Benn last week, while Jay Bouwmeester came aboard for Duncan Keith.
The change in lineup does little to change Canada’s status as the tournament favorite.
Source: CBS Sports / Kings’ Jeff Carter to miss World Cup, Canada adds Ducks’ Corey Perry