EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Milan Lucic received a call from Team Canada on Tuesday morning, but it wasn’t the call he was hoping to get. The winger, who had been invited to the Team Canada orientation camp in Calgary in August, would not be invited to the Olympic team for the Games in Sochi, Russia.
“Obviously it’s something that you were kind of looking forward to and wanted to be a part of,” Lucic said. “It’s, I guess you can say, disappointing when you’re not named to the team. In saying that, you’re happy for all the guys in the room here that have been named to be Olympians and represent their country.”
Instead, Lucic will get a two-week vacation in the middle of the season, one he said he will use to “get re-energized and refocused.”
Lucic said that from conversations he’s had, he believes he didn’t miss the team by much. But, he said, not being on the team won’t stop him from cheering on his country and his teammate (Patrice Bergeron) in Canada’s attempt to replicate its gold from Vancouver.
There is the chance that Lucic could be an injury replacement. When he was asked about the possibility, Lucic joked, “Yeah, we play a few guys that are on the team, right?
While he followed that up by repeating “I’m just kidding” multiple times, Lucic added, “There’s always that chance. So you definitely want to keep an open mind to it just in case someone gets injured. But, like I talked about before the selections, the way that I approach the game from here on out doesn’t change. I still want to be the best player I can be for the Boston Bruins.
“That was my focus heading into this year and that’ll continue to be my focus heading into these last 39 games.”
And even with the disappointment of not being named to the team, Lucic is left believing there was little else he could have done.
“I tried to do everything that you possibly could,” Lucic said. “From my end, I don’t think there’s any regrets. I’m not going back saying, I could have done this, I should have done that, I could have done that. It’s just more they felt they like they went with the players that were going to give them the best chance to win, and you’ve got to respect that.”
Lucic was back on the practice ice Wednesday after being a late scratch from Tuesday’s game in Anaheim. He said he believes it was food poisoning, which came on suddenly between morning skate and the game.
“Still not near 100 percent, but it was nice to get out there and sweat a little bit,” he said. “Hopefully this is just a 24-hour thing and I’ll be ready to go [against the Kings on Thursday].”
Jordan Caron also took part in practice with the Bruins on Wednesday. Caron has been suffering from a stiff back and was scratched Tuesday against the Ducks. He wore a merlot jersey on Wednesday, along with Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell, and Justin Florek. “He’s doing better,” coach Claude Julien said. “He’s made some good progress.’’ The team will reassess Caron on Thursday for the game against the Kings.