Report: Gushue brings back Korab, adds Fry

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4/25/2008 9:18:19 PM
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It appears Brad Gushue will have another new look next season.

According to The Curling News, the defending Olympic gold medallist has decided to replace his front end with a familiar face and a familiar name.

After a one-year absence, Jamie Korab will return to the rink and former Jeff Stoughton third Ryan Fry is moving to Newfoundland and Labrador to join the foursome. Mark Nichols will remain at the third position.

Chris Schille and Dave Noftall will not be back.

''We're pretty excited,'' Gushue told The Curling News. ''We were contacted by both Ryan and Jamie shortly after the Brier, and we weren't sure what we wanted to do (for the next season). We were intrigued.''

''We thought we'd won the lottery, that's a good way of putting it.''

Fry decided to leave the Stoughton rink in part to join a squad that may have a longer future together.

"I wanted to play with three guys who were closer to my own age and a team that can win a Brier," Fry told the Winnipeg Sun. "Jeff's still one of the best players in the game today but you look at his longevity and you don't know how much longer it is."

The return of Korab raised some eyebrows after the way his tenure with the Gushue rink ended after last year's Tim Hortons Brier.

''Jamie seems to have the drive again,'' Gushue told The Curling News. ''I think he's been quoted recently as saying he overreacted last year and took it a bit personally. He knows what it takes to win and he knows he really didn't have the drive that year. I think he regretted how things went down and of course then it snowballed and snowballed. It really got out of hand.''

Looking back, Korab now understands that the decision to part ways was not personal.

''I got cut,'' Korab told The Curling News. ''The guys didn't do anything to hurt me, they made the best move for the team and looking back, I agree (with their decision).''

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