Palmieri replaces Callahan on U.S. World Cup roster
Ed Mulholland / USA TODAY Sports

It'll be Kyle Palmieri - not Phil Kessel - replacing Ryan Callahan on the United States' roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

Palmieri was appointed to the squad Wednesday, augmenting what's been a delightful month for the break-out New Jersey Devils forward. He signed a five-year, $23.25-million extension with his hometown team on July 7, on the heels of his first 30-goal campaign.

U.S. general manager Dean Lombardi said this about Palmieri via USA Hockey's official press release:

"Kyle brings an all-around game that we're confident will fit nicely with the framework we're looking to build. He's coming off an outstanding year in New Jersey and will play an important role with our team."

Though Palmieri's inclusion may come across as another slight at Kessel, who lost a coin-flip decision for the Conn Smythe Trophy last month, it should be noted that the Pittsburgh Penguins sniper recently underwent surgery on his hand.

Callahan was forced to pull out after undergoing a procedure on his hip.

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