"It's going to be weird for everybody," said Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon, who was hoping to make Canada's Olympic team. "It won't feel right watching other guys wear that maple leaf and they're good players, but they're not the best players in the world at that tournament. Whoever wins it, hopefully Canada wins it. That'd be awesome. But it just won't feel the same. They're not world champions, technically, because they're not the best players."
"I'm not the GM, so whoever Joe and the staff decide to put on the team, I know it's going to be for the best and it's going to make us better," Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon said last week. "With Duchy, I'm not sure what the situation is exactly. I know there's trade rumors and things like that, but he's not traded as of today and he's my teammate, so getting ready for him to be on the team this season."