Olympic teams face injury dilemma

Updated: December 23, 2009, 3:08 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

There is healthy, there is hurt and then there is the shadowy world of the in-between, a potentially disastrous trap into which Olympic team-builders must avoid or risk seeing their medal dreams go up in smoke.

Within a matter of days, hockey nations will begin to unveil their 23-man rosters. For those medal-hopeful countries whose rosters will be made up mostly of NHLers, the deadline looms as a kind of Rubicon, a river that once crossed cannot be uncrossed. Or at least not uncrossed ...

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