"Playing in the world championships means a lot to Stastny family," said Paul's agent, Matt Keator. "This is a family that believes in patriotism and playing for your country."
In previous years, the Americans haven't always had a strong offensive team. But Stastny is the fourth 20-goal scorer on the U.S. roster, joining the Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty, Anaheim Ducks' Bobby Ryan and New York Islanders' Kyle Okposo.
Brian Burke is always a rather colorful individual.
One day after players filed through the Air Canada Centre for their season-ending exit meetings, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke and head coach Randy Carlyle held their own exit meetings with the local media. Here are some highlights from both:
On adopting a Pittsburgh model, to build his team slowly, and with high draft picks:
Burke: "What’s the Pittsburgh model? They got a lottery. They won a goddamn lottery and they got the best player in the game (Sidney Crosby). Is that available to me? Should we do that? Should we ask the league to have a lottery this year, and maybe we pick first? Pittsburgh model, my ass. I mean, they got the best player in the game in the lottery.
Guy Lafleur was an incredible hockey player, and an Montreal Canadien icon. He doesn't believe that Patrick Roy should be the next Canadiens coach.
"When you win, the media are okay, but when you lose, you become a target. And Patrick, as coach, would be more of a media target because of his temperament.
"I’m not saying he couldn’t do it, but I’d see him more as general manager."