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.

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 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.