2022 Winter Olympics - Beijing

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Boycott China.
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Lehner has announced he's not going. After discussions with his doctor, they think the isolation of the bubble tournament could be detrimental for his mental health. He thinks his bipolar disorder could get worse.

Bad news for Sweden. Everyone has expected us to run with a tandem of Markström and Lehner. We'll see who gets the nod instead. Markström is of course now a shoo in for starter. Guess Ullmark or Forsberg could be brought in as backup. Another possibility is 39 year old Viktor Fasth. He has experience from both the NHL (Ducks/Oilers) and the KHL (CSKA Moscow), has represented Sweden at five world championships (was named best goalie and tournament MVP at the 2010/11 worlds) plus the 2018 Olympics, and has been named best goalie of the SHL (Honken Trophy) four times, most recently last season, when his team (Växjö) also won the championship. SHL champion twice (2018 and 2021) and world champion once (2017). Pretty good resume, but not as good as Markström and Lehner. Oh, and yeah, he played with Petey in Växjö on the championship winning team in 2018.

It is unlikely that Raymond can make the team, as Sweden did not have him on the preliminary shortlist presented about a year ago. They are checking if that can be rectified. I assume that Pettersson will still make the team, but I'm not sure. They have done that before though, picked Swedish players that have been in a slump in the NHL but bounced back on Team Sweden. Guess it depends on what they deem to be the cause of his slump. If it is an injury they surely skip him, but if they think it has something with coaching to do, that can be addressed.
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