The all-star snubs
Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun has a good piece today on players left off the NHL's all-star teams, and he picks up on all of the 'snubbed' candidates we've been hearing all about about since they were announced Saturday.
Of those, there a few who standout more than the others:
Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta. Being (slightly) overshadowed by teammate Marian Hossa is the only thing keeping him off the team.
Marc Savard, Boston. The Rodney Dangerfield of hockey, Savard is ninth in NHL scoring and proving, once again, he's one of the premier offensive players in the league. If the Bruins miss the playoffs, I'd like to see him on Canada's world championship entry as he's been snubbed by Hockey Canada since appearing on the Under-18 team in 1993-94.
Dominik Hasek, Detroit. The Dominator was upset he wasn't selected: "I'm disappointed. I thought I was going to be there," Hasek said. "It wasn't the reason I came to play for this team. I'm just going to change my plans for the All-Star game." Sending Marty Turco as one of the game's hometown representatives makes sense, although Hasek has had a better season.
Mirtle's all-star teams
x - indicates player injured, will not play
Players in italics not named to actual teams
Goal: Brodeur, Huet, Miller
Defence: Souray, Gonchar, Boyle, Chara, Bouwmeester, Kaberle
Forwards: Heatley, Ovechkin, Crosby, Straka, Hossa, Lecavalier, Jagr-x, St. Louis, Alfredsson, Semin, Savard, Kovalchuk, Briere
Goal: Kiprusoff, Hasek, Giguere-x, Luongo
Defence: Pronger-x, Boucher, Lidstrom, Niedermayer, Phaneuf, Schneider, Liles-x, Fitzpatrick
Forwards: Selanne, Marleau, Thornton, Iginla-x, D. Sedin, Rolston, Zetterberg, Sullivan, Datsyuk, Frolov, Sakic, Smyth, Havlat
Actual all-star teams by NHL team
Anaheim: Niedermayer, Selanne
Buffalo: Briere, Campbell, Miller
Calgary: Kiprusoff, Phaneuf
Carolina: Staal, Williams
Dallas: Boucher, Turco
Detroit: Datsyuk, Lidstrom
Los Angeles: Visnovsky
Montreal: Huet, Souray
New Jersey: Brodeur, Rafalski
N.Y. Islanders: Blake
N.Y. Rangers: Shanahan
St. Louis: Guerin
San Jose: Cheechoo, Marleau, Thornton
Tampa Bay: Lecavalier, St. Louis
PS. I'd thought the NHL had done away with the rule where every NHL team must be represented, but there are a few selections this year that seem to indicate that's not the case.