Sean Monahan (back) is out, so Vincent Trocheck’s in for North America


Friday continues the parade of significant players asking out of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Sean Monahan is the latest to ask out, so Vincent Trocheck takes his spot on Team North America.

The Calgary Flames explain that Monahan is missing the tournament because of a “back strain,” which doesn’t sound too significant. Here’s the statement from GM Brad Treliving:

Monahan said it simply enough: “It’s disappointing, but at the same time my commitment is to the Flames.”

Considering what just happened with Frederik Andersen – a player who got hurt not long after signing a massive extension – the Flames probably appreciate Monahan’s commitment.

Again, people aren’t shy about throwing out some one-liners:

Along with Andersen and Monahan, Corey Perry is replacing Jeff Carter for Team Canada while it looks like David Krejci can’t go for the Czech Republic.