It’s become common practice for folks to slough off the NHL all-star game, because let’s face it, it isn’t very good.

That said, that doesn’t mean we should make a mockery of it – being selected to your league’s all-star team is a big deal. It’s nice to reflect on after your career, and more importantly, it’s nice to bring up at contract talks during your career.

Below is the full list of who got selected, followed by my initial reaction.

Forwards

Daniel Alfredsson
Jason Spezza
Milan Michalek
Jonathan Toews
Marian Hossa
Patrick Kane
Steven Stamkos
Joffrey Lupul
Phil Kessel
Jamie Benn
Claude Giroux
John Tavares
Tyler Seguin
Marian Gaborik
Daniel Sedin
Henrik Sedin
Evgeni Malkin
Jarome Iginla
Pavel Datsyuk
Mikko Koivu
Logan Couture
Jason Pominville
Corey Perry
Alexander Ovechkin

Defensemen

Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf
Dustin Byfuglien
Kimmo Timonen
Brian Campbell
Dan Girardi
Zdeno Chara
Alex Edler
Shea Weber
Ryan Suter
Dennis Wideman
Keith Yandle

 Goalies

Tim Thomas
Jonathan Quick
Carey Price
Jimmy Howard
Henrik Lundqvist
Brian Elliot

Rookies

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Adam Larsson
Gabriel Landeskog
Adam Henrique
Luke Adam
Justin Faulk
Ryan Johansen
Sean Couturier
Matt Read
Colin Greening
Craig Smith
Cody Hodgson

Okay, that was a lotta names.

Thoughts:

* Brian Elliott making the all-star game as a back-up on a two-way NHL/AHL contract which happens to be played in the city of the team that dumped him is an AWESOME story. I’m pumped for the guy.

* My morning post was answered: Alex Ovechkin made it. I’m not sure if it’s because his teammate Nicklas Backstrom asked not to be included (he’s hurt) and that opened the door or something, but it shouldn’t matter. With Dennis Wideman being in, the Caps were covered either way, so Ovy’s presence seems a little…off. Especially when you consider names that aren’t on the roster like Jordan Eberle, who has 43 points in 41 games this season (10 more than Ovy on a worse team). Y’know who else has a lot of points and isn’t going?…

* Teemu Selanne. The 41 year old has 41 points in 41 games. The reason?

Whatta guy.

* Nicklas Lidstrom also isn’t playing, as also politely declined the invite (I wonder if anyone declines rudely? STUFF IT NHL, I AIN’T GOIN.)

* The debate about all-star “snubs” is, as Bob McKenzie put it on Twitter, endless and unnecessary. But whatever, it’s kinda fun too: Jordan Eberle, Scott Hartnell, and Kris Versteeg appear to be the biggest “snubs.” I guess the line has to be placed somewhere.

* The whole “every team has to be represented” thing is garbage. I don’t know how many people are tuning in to see a player from their team that they can see 82 times a year not try in a mostly-meaningless game, but I have to believe ratings wouldn’t be hurt by putting the actual best players in the game.

* So, Ovy’s definitely getting picked last this year, right? I mean, him taking a pic on his phone of Phil Kessel sitting there all alone last year was just too much negative karma to not come flying back.

***

 I know it’s a money-making machine for the NHL, but it’s an honor to be picked. And that said, I think the NHL did a pretty nice job this year. It’s certainly not an easy one, and we should be thankful for that — it means we have a hell of a lot of talent in our league, and that’s a good problem to have.

Comments (9)

  1. I am sorry but the fact that Alexander Ovechkin makes the All-Star game is wrong. Versteeg, Thomas Vanek, Patrick Elias, Ilya Kovalchuk, Loui Eriksson, Scott Hartnall, James Neal, Anze Kopitar, Johan Franzan, Matt Moulson, Patrick Marleau, Ray Whitney, Valterri Filpulla, Radim Vrbata, Adam Henrique and Thomas Fleischmann ALL have more points and about 3/4 of that list I would say are definitely having better years. Ovy making the game is a sham if you ask me. Its called the 2011-2012 All Stars not the lifetime achievement game. Its a joke.

  2. I hope Kessel brings his camera,Ovi does not deserve to be in Ottawa.

  3. I’m legitimately shocked to see Elliott in the game. I’m thrilled, because the guy has been amazing and it’s an incredible story, but the guy is still technically the backup in St. Louis. Crazy.

  4. Who is this Ovy that you guys keep on talking about?

  5. carey price in the all star game what a joke the worst goalie ever what the halak

  6. hahahahaha… defensive much??? ^^^ Habs are having a shit year there buddy, relax! GO SENS GO! And for the record… Ovy does not deserve to be there this year but i don’t see the NHL not including him in this weekend spectacle.. he has arguably been the second best player in the entire league each year since he came in… i know i used the word “has” but i’ll tell you how the NHL see’s it… and it’s simply one word, ratings.

  7. Where the hell is Kipper

  8. Ovy as an All Star pick is no worse than Lidstrom’s Norris Trophy win last year when he was a minus defenseman on a very good team. The NHL will always pick with an eye to what the fans want; and thats too bad. Or is it?

  9. Why not just have the SENS-itives play the All-Stars. Clearly it’s only those lonely and forgotten people from Nepean who give a shit about this game.

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