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Video- Was It Predetermined Kessel Would Be Picked Last?

Again, any other city than Toronto, this would be a non-issue. 

I’d say some of the media is digging too deeply.

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ASG Complaint Department

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• The selection of Cam Ward first overall in the NHL all-star fantasy draft is indication of just how small and occasionally small-minded the NHL can be. Was Ward the best player available? No. The best goalie available? No. The most famous? No. He was picked because he happens to be captain Eric Staal’s teammate in Carolina. Which is nice for the good people of Carolina. But quite ridiculous with Alexander Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos and others available.

• Clearly, captains Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom don’t stay up late at night. How else to explain Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller being the last of six goalies selected? They can’t be watching the Ducks play if they waited that long for Hiller, who’s ahead of Ward in every meaningful statistical category.

• If you turn to someone in Los Angeles today and tell them that Anze Kopitar is playing for Team Lidstrom, would they have any idea what you’re talking about?

more hockey notes, including a look at Dion Phaneuf…

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Goalies Thomas, Ward Square Off in Fastest Skater + Quotes from the Red Carpet

I thought I was totally joking when I asked a couple of All-Star goalies how they would feel about a goaltender’s fastest skater competition. But last night’s first overall pick in the NHL’s inaugural All-Star Fantasy Draft, Carolina’s Cam Ward, let the cat out of the bag that tonight, my little joke would indeed become a reality as part of this year’s SuperSkills.

“Rumor is that I’m going to be doing that tonight,” Ward said. “I hope my legs don’t turn to jelly and I don’t bite it into the corner or anything like that.”

His opponent?

“I think I’m going up against Tim Thomas.”

Boston and Carolina fans have since endured some heart palpitations, I’m sure.

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  Tags: cam+ward, eric+staal, henrik+lundqvist, keith+yandle, martin+st.+louis, nhl+all-star+game, p.k.+subban, steven+stamkos, superskills, tim+thomas

Afternoon Line

“The concussion thing is the topic du jour.  It’ll be shoulders next year if there’s a rash of shoulder injuries. Frankly, I think the biggest reason we’re focused on concussions is because of Sidney.

“If Mike Brown got that concussion, would you guys all be around with cameras asking about concussions? I don’t think so.”

-Brian Burke, GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs after the head shot topic was discussed in the BOG meeting today.  More form the CP at TSN.

added 6:14pm, Watch Jimmy Rutherford and Brian Burke discuss the concussion topic…

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Participants For The SuperSkills

      RALEIGH (January 29, 2011)—The National Hockey League today announced the scheduled participants in the specific Honda NHL SuperSkills®,  the six events that will showcase hockey’s top talent tonight during the 2011 NHL® All-Star Weekend in Raleigh. Earlier today, team captains Eric Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom, along with their alternate captains Patrick Kane, Martin St. Louis, Ryan Kesler and Mike Green, selected the skills participants from the teams they picked last night at the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft.

      Order of participation will be determined by the Captains on the ice just before the start of each event, and participants are subject to change. Each All-Star will be involved in no more than three events, excluding the Discover NHL Elimination Shootout™, the event in which every player participates.

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Chat All-Star SuperSkills Right Here at 7:00

This time, I went with ol’ reliable…

Stop by tonight during the NHL SuperSkills and chat all things hockey with myself, The Bolts Beat co-host, Mike Corcoran and who knows who else.

(If you get picked last, I won’t complain…)

Off to RBC!

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Phil Kessel Was The Last Player Sitting - Do You Care?

This tweet from Darren Dreger gives us Brian Burke’s thoughts on Kessel being picked last in the ASG Draft last night..

Brian Burke suggests last 5 players of the ASG draft should be drawn out of a hat. Doesn’t like negative focus on Kessel.

Now we know how Burke feels, or do we?  Last night on Sportsnet…

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The Life Of The Equipment Men On A Road Trip

from the Tennessean,

11:05 a.m. Practice ends and the Predators file off the ice at Bridgestone Arena.

11:10. Players stuff their equipment into blue-and-yellow bags in front of their stalls while equipment manager Pete Rogers lines up sticks numerically in the hallway outside the locker room.

11:25. Rogers, assistant equipment manager Jeff Camelio, and players load the bags — each the dimensions of an average refrigerator — onto a large dolly. The blue helmets (the ones the Predators wear for home games) are the only equipment that remain in the stalls.

11:36. Rogers checks the stick count on a notepad. He looks at extra jerseys in case one or more players are called up from Milwaukee.

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Fantasy Draft a Reminder That All-Star Weekend’s All About Fun

The intent of altering the format for the NHL All-Star Game was to generate more interest in a mid-season exhibition that most would agree had become a bit blasé. With the rosters of Team Lidstrom and Team Staal now filled via last night’s Fantasy Draft and the SuperSkills competition on tap for tonight, whether or not the game itself will have any added spice remains to be seen but, so far as that added interest goes, the vibe here in Raleigh and the pageantry surrounding the selection process itself both suggest the achievement of just that.

The All-Star Game and its surrounding events should be about fun – for the fans, first and foremost, but also for the players involved and the captains and alternates for both sides as well as the draftees played things up effectively and had a good time throughout the process, which was evident in the broadcast.

“It looked good on TV, right?” Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis asked after the event and his question was met with immediate assent. That was the point, of course, and St. Louis and his All-Star contingents got it, doing the event well by playing things up to the best of their ability.

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  Tags: all-star+fantasy+draft, eric+staal, martin+st.+louis, nhl+all-star+weekend, steven+stamkos, superskills

Pegula To Outline Plan To Buy Sabres

from The Buffalo News,

RALEIGH, N.C. — Billionaire businessman Terry Pegula today is expected to take a major step toward buying the Buffalo Sabres when he meets with the NHL executive committee during All-Star Weekend. He will outline his plans to purchase the franchise for $175 million.

The presentation before the panel is considered one of the last hurdles he must clear before officially assuming ownership from Rochester billionaire Tom Golisano. Pegula is expected to be approved by the executive committee over the next several days before the purchase is voted upon by the full NHL board of governors in the next few weeks.

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