At USA Today, Kevin Allen thinks that the Rangers will only have one representative on Team USA at the 2014 games in Russia.
He thinks that Ryan Callahan will once again play for Team USA but doesn’t mention Ryan McDonagh as one of his top seven, but does say he is likely the next on the list.
As for coach, Allen picks John Tortorella who was an assistant on the 2010 team in Vancouver that won Silver. One thing that could hold Tortorella back though would be his personality, “a coach’s primary mission at the Olympics is to win, but one reason why the NHL agrees to send its players to the Olympics is to celebrate the sport on the sports world’s biggest stage. Would Tortorella be willing to be more PR-friendly to serve the game’s best interests? If the answer is yes, he’s probably the favorite.”
Allen adds that Tortorella has paid his dues as a coach at the international level by coaching in the World Championships and with Ron Wilson in 2010.
It was wondered after last season if Tortorella had lost his chance at coaching Team USA because of how rough he was with the media.
Allan Muir, at Sports Illustrated, picks McDonagh and Callahan to play for Team USA.
On Callahan, he writes “he boasts leadership, smarts and a willingness to pay any price to win a game.”
At ESPN.com, Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun pick their USA Rosters.
Burnside says that Derek Stepan will get a look at center, but Ryan Callahan will be the only American forward to make the team.
LeBrun agrees that Callahan will be on the team.
Neither Burnside or LeBrun has McDonagh on the team, but LeBrun mentions McDonagh, along with Stepan, as someone who is “on the radar.”
Burnside picks Dan Bylsma to be head coach with John Tortorella as an assistant while LeBrun has them flipped and Tortorella being named head coach.
In the NY Times, Jeff Klein and Stu Hackle think that Tortorella is the front runner to be the coach of Team USA in 2014.