Gushue says rink will be fine despite controversial change
Brad Gushue Photo by the Canadian Press
Brad Gushue insists the dismissal of lead Jamie Korab will not affect his teams approach to the final event of the curling season, and regardless of how the new-look team performs, its the future hes focused on.
Gushue, third Mark Nichols and second Chris Schille will be joined at the World Curling Tours Players Championship, which begins today in Calgary, by Andrew Gibson, the lead for Mark Daceys Nova Scotia rink.
Even with the patchwork solution on the front end, Gushue is confident about his team.
I dont think (the Korab issue) will be a distraction to us at all, Gushue said, referring to Korabs forced exit from the team last Wednesday.
Across the country, people realize why we made the decision and they understand it. There just seems to be a more negative reaction here, which is understandable. But I dont think itll be an issue (in Calgary)..
We discussed (Korabs dismissal) and it was a team decision. We weighed out the pros and cons and the timing of it and we felt it was best for the team. (The other team members) are going in with the same mindset I am and we discussed this and were prepared for it and I think were ready (for the Players Championship).
Gushue admits the Players Championship wont make or break this season for his rink, but hopes it can be used a building tool for next year, when a new team will take to the ice.
Its been a pretty rocky year for us, we played 15 to 20 events this year and if we do well or poorly (at the Players) it wont be an indication of our season, Gushue said.
Were looking at this as the start of a new season and trying to work towards new goals.
We always expect to play well going into any event, but taking the last couple of weeks off, you never know how itll turn out. With the biggest events of the season behind us, its hard to know how itll go. Were going in focused and, hopefully, we can play well.
As for the insertion of Gibson for the teams final appearance of the year, Gushue isnt expecting to notice much difference.
He said hes very familiar with Gibson and his style and hopes the team wont miss a beat.
(Gibson) has won a Brier with Mark Dacey and he has much experience as we do and is one of the top leads in the country, he said. Theres no doubt hell fill the role well and hes been a friend of our team for a number of years.
Gushue said the team hasnt set out a deadline for a full-time replacement for Korab at lead, but figures the new roster will be formed within a month, as most teams going through changes usually fill their vacancies immediately following the season.