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The All-Star Weekend Experience with Joe Thistel of NHL Home Ice

Joe Thistel, the “boss” of NHL Home Ice, was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to talk to us about his experience at the NHL ALL-Star Weekend down in Raleigh, North Carolina.

PH: How was the All-Star Weekend experience as a whole?
JT: Meeting the fans in Carolina was one of the most positive experiences of my tenure at XM. They were polite, knowledgeable, forthcoming and very appreciative of our channel and how much we put into it. 10 out of 10 for the people of Raleigh.

PH: What did you folks think of the All-Star Fantasy draft? What did you like about it? Do you think the league will implement it again next season?
JT: The Fantasy Draft is here to stay and I have to admit it was a lot more fun and interesting than I ever thought it would be. I agree with some of the NHL brass when it comes to the last few picks though. There must be a better way to get to the final picks, maybe alphabetically for the last six players…they’re all forwards anyhow. I hated seeing Phil Kessel sitting there by himself. He’ll get over it, but I think it was unnecessary.

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All-Star Games Observations

Have to admit folks, this was a darn good NHL All-Star game.

The teams were even, there were great goals, great saves, pretty plays and a great atmosphere at the RBC Arena. Kudos to the Carolina Hurricanes organization for doing a terrific job as the host city and to its fans for continuing to show that Carolina is indeed a solid hockey market.

Here are some other observations I had:

- Is it me or did it look like Washington Capitals’ forward Alex Ovechkin struggled in the game? Yes he had a goal but he missed some opportunities and even caused a penalty shot. What’s going on with the “Great Eight”?

- How about the goaltending in this game? Yes, it was high scoring but all the goaltenders involved had some highlight saves. New York Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist even stopped a penalty shot.

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Lundqvist and Staal Together at the All-Star Game/Stepan a Foe

Good evening folks. I was out so unfortunately, I was not able to catch any of the All-Star Draft. How did Versus do covering it? How was the event as a whole?

It is nice to see that New York Rangers’ defenseman Marc Staal and Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will both be on Team Staal for the weekend. They obviously work well together as Staal is one of the league’s best shutdown defensemen and Lundqvist is easily one of the league’s top netminders.

On the other side, Rangers’ rookie Derek Stepan will be on Team Lidstrom during the skills competition.

It should be an interesting weekend for all those involved in the NHL and hopefully for the Rangers as one would hope that neither Staal, Lundqvist or Stepan gets injured during the festivities.

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Taking Somewhat of a Mini-Break for the Weekend

Good afternoon folks from a snowy Fairfield, CT. I hope everyone is either safe and sound at home or driving safely to wherever you have to get to today.

I just wanted to give you folks a heads up that I am thinking about taking a mini-break from blogging on here due to the NHL All-Star festivities. I have done my absolute best to have something up on the site every single day so I want to try and take just a bit of a breather so I come back fresh and ready for the Rangers’ push to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Come tomorrow night, Saturday at the skills and after the All-Star game, I will do my best to post something regarding how Blueshirts’ players Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal and Derek Stepan performed during the weekend.

Thanks for understanding and I hope you puckheads enjoy the NHL All-Star weekend.

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