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UPDATED: Stephen Weiss, Team Canada and other Panthers Olympic Roster Talk

Weiss23 There is no doubt Stephen Weiss is in the midst of a career season.

But will that be good enough for a spot on the Canadian Olympic team?

It doesn't appear so.

At least not now.

Weiss said today that he would love to play for Team Canada, but he hasn't spoken to anyone there as of yet. Hockey Canada will announce its team on Dec. 30, and Weiss won't be part of that.

But he still could make it because the final rosters don't have to be turned in until Feb. 15 -- one day before the games start.

So, if Weiss keeps up his play and there are some injuries, he could be a late addition. I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure Jay Bouwmeester was a late addition to Team Canada in 2006.

Here's what we can assume: There are two center (OK, centre) spots that are secure and they belong to Sidney Crosby and Joe Thornton.

Then you have the other guys. I think Weiss deserves a look when we're talking about Mike Richards, Ryan Getzlaf, Vinny Lecavalier, Mike Fisher, Rich Peverly and Patrick Marleau. Will Weiss get that chance? Probably not. He wasn't part of the orientation camp this past summer, and he plays for a team that doesn't get a lot of attention.

But people in Canada know what Weiss is doing and I can assure you, they are paying attention. If he keeps up his strong play and some guys drop out of the mix either by bad play or injuries (once a player is named to the team, he can't be dropped unless there is an injury but Weiss' stock could improve among those others left off), who knows what can happen in the coming weeks.

Boothusa -- Speaking of the Olympics, what does Team USA do with David Booth? They can assume that he'll be back playing by the time the Games roll around, but do they know what kind of player Booth will be in those first few weeks?

I would think Booth will be in fine shape in time for the Games and no one will give coach Ron Wilson and Team USA a better effort if he is named to the team.

But there's probably too much uncertainty surrounding him and his concussion for him to be named to the team this week. And that sucks for him. But we'll see.

Vokounolympics -- Tomas Vokoun is a lock to make the Czech Republic team and he may even start for them. That will be cool.

Michael Frolik could be on that team as well. Rostislav Olesz could end up playing in Vancouver for the Czechs, too.

-- Dennis Seidenberg will make the trip and play in the prelims with Germany.

-- UPDATE: Sweden announced its team yesterday and Panthers goalie-of-the-future Jacob Markstrom did not make it as the third goalie.

That would have been yet another great experience for a kid who is playing way beyond his years and it's still possible he makes it depending on injuries and such.

Markstrom and Sweden kicked off the World Juniors in style today, beating Czech 10-1. Markstrom made 20 saves.

Goldie -- Forgot about one member of the Panthers who will be in Vancouver, injury or not.

Steve 'Goldie' Goldstein will return to the Games to do radio work. Rumor is he'll be paired with Jeremy Roenick. That should be interesting.

Congrats Goldie (and don't forget to bring me something). I'll be watching from afar. Somewhere warm and afar.

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