Despite painful playoff disappointment, there is a silver lining!
The sharks early off season means Hertl will be joining the Czech team for the world championship beginning Friday! According to this interview with the Czech head coach Vladimir Ruzicka.
From the article translated (poorly) using google chrome: Again, with Hertlovým approach to form a team for the championship closes?
"Ninety percent yes. The second round of the Stanley Cup he can not see much, although for us it drops a brilliant player Krejča (David Krejci) or plek (Tomas Plekanec). Do we make decisions, some players will correspond to during the tournament, so you can arrange according to how the series will look like. If he had given the boy to come just - let's say - for one game, it's not worth it because it will be tired and pobouchaný. "
When Hertl was injured by everyone's favorite LA King I was upset for many reasons: Hertl wouldn't have as much playing time to improve his NHL game, he wouldn't have a full season of chemistry with the team for the playoffs, his health going forward might be in question, he was effectively taken out of the Calder Trophy competition, lastly (and for some reason most powerfully) I was upset because he would miss his chance to represent his country and play with his boyhood (and presumably current) idol Jaromir Jagr. Barring Jagr going full Gordie Howe Hertl won't ever the chance to play with him in the olympics, but at least they can play together at the world championship!
I'm betting and hoping they a play on a line together! Hopefully it will be an always fun dream for Hertl and Jagr can pass on some of his knowledge and maybe the ingredients to the elixir of life he seems to have been drinking!
Does anyone know how we can watch the world championship games, preferably full replays?
Now we can follow the US and Czech teams in the world championship and completely ignore this disgusting LA v Anaheim matchup (ewwwww)