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Four Sens part of six voted into All-Star Game

Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:26 am
 

By Brian Stubits

Like other sports, the NHL allows fans to vote players into the All-Star Game. Like other sports, the fans get it horribly wrong.

The NHL announced the "starters" for this month's All-Star Game in Ottawa, and not surprisingly it is very Senators friendly. While they aren't really starters for the game, they are all voted in for six guaranteed spots. The vote-ins are as follows:

Forward: Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson, Milan Michalek, all from the Senators.
Defense: Erik Karlsson (Senators) and Dion Phaneuf (Toronto Maple Leafs).
Goaltender: Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins).

That's some impressive ballot-stuffing by the fine folks of Ottawa.

In all honesty, none of the four Sens voted in are completely undeserving of their place in the game. Karlsson has a legit claim to being a vote-in, he leads all defensemen in points and is second in the NHL with 32 assists. Michalek (19 goals) and Spezza (40 points) are both having quality seasons and Alfredsson, well, let's say he sort of deserves a spot at this point when the game is played in Ottawa. But the guaranteed spots? I'm not so sure about that.

Look at it this way: None of the league's top seven goal scorers or top 10 in points was voted in.

Of course, this isn't a big deal. It's the fans voting in six of 42 spots on the team and the hometown fans putting their players in the game. If that's their prerogative, then so be it. They're going to be the ones buying the tickets to the game. If they want to see guys they can watch at home 41 times a season for one more game, that's their right.

At least the fans got it right on Thomas. Craig Anderson was just too tough to vote in to the game, even if he tends for the Sens.

But have no fear. Claude Giroux, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Steven Stamkos, Phil Kessel, Marian Gaborik, Jonathan Toews, Jimmy Howard, Evgeni Malkin ... they'll all get put in the game if they want to play. They'll be in the draft that will be held once again as captains will pick sides like a schoolyard kickball game.

However the first thought I had when I heard the list (OK, second after remembering to not get all hot and bothered by the hometown players getting in) was to remember the Project Mayhem and how well that worked. Remember the idea where fans were going to vote in all the former Senators tearing it up in the NHL to show Ottawa what they've been missing? Guys like Zdeno Chara -- who should still make it regardless -- and Dany Heatley? How'd that work out?

I don't think these vote-in results will have much of an impact on the All-Star Game viewership. It's hard to find people who actually like it to begin with.

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Comments

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:43 pm
 

Four Sens part of six voted into All-Star Game

Will they be at all embarassed when the team captains pick these guys last?



Since: Dec 8, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:25 pm
 

Four Sens part of six voted into All-Star Game

I think Ottawa fans are so used to boring hockey they reacted with fear when faced with the possibility of seeing what talented players might do with the puck. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:31 pm
 

Four Sens part of six voted into All-Star Game

I think we should let Ottawa have their all-star game and their contrived moment in the spotlight, after all they aren't going to have a post-season.
Higher in the standings than you are, Jets boy.



Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:15 pm
 

Four Sens part of six voted into All-Star Game

I think we should let Ottawa have their all-star game and their contrived moment in the spotlight, after all they aren't going to have a post-season.



Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:08 pm
 

Four Sens part of six voted into All-Star Game

It makes sense in a way... those are four of the absolute worst defensive players - Karlsson probably the worst of the worst - you're ever going to want to see. what better place for them than an all-star game?



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:48 pm
 

Four Sens part of six voted into All-Star Game

A large chunk of fans are stupid!  The fact that Ottawa doesn't have the population to be full of stupid people either something funny went on (I'm saying it organised cheating) or Ottawa has more than the average of stupid people.

JUST A MINUTE IT'S FULL OF POLITICIANS WHO CHEAT AND AREN'T VERY BRIGHT!!!



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:48 pm
 

Four Sens part of six voted into All-Star Game

Speaking of forwards, only Speeza from the Sens actually deserves to be a part of the All-Star game, unless those two other guys are in there to be 4th liners.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:45 pm
 

Four Sens part of six voted into All-Star Game

The fact that the "starters" of the Senators all were voted over Claude Giroux is a travesty. 



Since: Sep 6, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:47 pm
 

Four Sens part of six voted into All-Star Game

Not sure I like the idea of only voting in the arenas. Lots of fans don't get to go to games. I understand the part about too much online voting. I would love it if someone could come up with a way to not allow multiple votes per person. Seems silly to allow people to just keep voting over and over.



Since: May 20, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:31 pm
 

Four Sens part of six voted into All-Star Game

I'm not sure Karlsson should be in. He's too much of an offensive-minded blue-liner. He leads all defenseman in points, but his plus/minus sucks for a defenseman.
Gotta politely disagree with you on this one.  If anything, he'd be the one sure thing for Ottawa. 
It's the all-star game, not the Norris trophy nominations.  It's about offense.  It's about generating points, and being offensively skilled.  Karlsson's got that in excess, so I'd say he's a lock for sure.  +/- is kind of a hard stat to really hold any weight either, particularly for an offensive Dman.  His job is to generate offense and to take those chances.  Sure he gives up the puck, but that's cause it's on his stick more than a lot of other guys on the team.  Not to mention that Phaneuf has less points, and worse plus minus and also got named. 
For an allstar game where they're trying to showcase the skill and talent of these guys, I don't think they're really going to be looking for too many defensive specialists/shut down guys to make many appearances ;)


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