Why was Patrick Sharp scratched for Team Canada?

Why was Patrick Sharp scratched for Team Canada?
February 15, 2014, 11:00 am
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After failing to record a shot on net during Team Canada's opening matchup against Norway, head coach Mike Babcock listed Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp as a healthy scratch during their game against Austria. 

On Friday the SportsTalk Live panel discussed Babcock's decision and whether sitting Sharp was meant to send a message to the rest of the team.

NHL.com's Brian Hedger — who covers both the Blackhawks and Red Wings — weighed in on the debate, and said he wasn't surprised by the decision after the Canadian team didn't put their best effort out in their 3-1 win over Norway.

"Knowing Babcock they way I do, I mean they did not play up to the way everyone expected them to play, including Mike Babcock, in the first game," Hedger said. "And I knew somebody from that starting lineup in Game 1 was coming out and I just felt like this is a guy right here who never gets a lot of respect anyway, so it didn't shock me that he was the guy that gets [scratched]."

Catch what the rest of the panel had to say in the video above.