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Picking an All-Star Team, Especially this Year, Isn’t Easy but, Hell, I’ll Do it Again Anyway

It’s never a cinch to select the rosters for an All-Star game in any sport and, with a bizarre “fantasy draft” format for this year’s NHL midseason showcase and the game’s first six participants already selected via fan balloting, filling out this season’s All-Star pool of 42 has some added challenge to it, to say the least.

For starters, dividing things by conference is no longer a provision, as the remaining 36 All-Stars named today will go into said pool along with the elected top-six for a field of 42. With that in mind, and factoring in at least one representative for every member club, there will be notable omissions, no matter how this list is put together, or by whom.

Nevertheless, always one to face a challenge head-on, in keeping with my annual tradition (whether an All-Star game has been played or not), I’ve put together my own list of mid-season honorees, complete with a set of 12 rookies to be featured in the skills competition at All-Star Weekend, as the NHL Hockey Operations department will do later today.

(For clarity’s sake, I’ve already accounted for the fan selections.)

Deep breaths, everyone. Here goes nothing, with a few explanations afterwards…

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Afternoon Line

The term “role model” has become a cliché in sports. But in his case, it fits. Young people in Nunavut really do view Jordin Tootoo as pushing back the boundaries of what they might achieve. He has always taken seen himself in this light. “It’s something I take pride in. Hopefully, more kids can look up to me and say, ‘If he can do it, I can do it.’” A very human role model, Mr. Tootoo is playing in a game more important than hockey, and if he can succeed, others can, too.

-Globe and Mail Editorial where you can read more.

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Svatos Goes From St. Louis To Nashville

via Darren Pang tweet,

Nashville has claimed Marek Svatos off waivers from St Louis.


Svatos was signed by the Blues yesterday as a UFA but had to clear waivers first.

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Tootoo Enters Substance Abuse Program

      NEW YORK/TORONTO (December 27, 2010)—The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League announced today that forward Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators has voluntarily entered in-patient care as part of the Joint NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH).

      Tootoo’s care will be administered by SABH Program Doctors Dave Lewis (NHL) and Brian Shaw (NHLPA). Tootoo will continue to receive his full salary and benefits and will have no penalty imposed, provided he complies with his prescribed treatment and follow-up care program.

      There will be no further comment.

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Video- Tootoo Hit On Frolik

Jordin Tootoo with a big-time hit on Michael Frolik tonight. No penalty for the hit.

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Report- Rinne Out Up To A Month With A Knee Injury

via Bryan Mullen tweet,

Rinne out 2-4 weeks with left knee injury, per a Predators official.

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Video- Who Do You Root For?  Avery Or Tootoo

Sean Avery and Jordin Tootoo went at it tonight in Nashville.

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Top Shot

from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,

As a clinician and a professor of biomechanics who has worked with golfers and baseball players, Dr. Kevin Robinson was eager to apply science to a growing hockey legend. And that interest only grew after watching Shea Weber step into his first few slap shots after a recent practice.

It is a shot that ripped through an Olympic hockey net this year, leaving behind what one news agency described as “scorch marks” on the mesh. It moves with the ferocity that has reportedly broken bones in no fewer than four teammates while elevating Weber, a first-year captain of the Nashville Predators, into an object of childhood wonder.

“With that guy on skates,” Robinson said, “I was a dwarf.”

Robinson, who teaches at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., analyzed Weber’s shot last month with help from a digital camera and a computer program. He asked the 6-foot-4, 234-pound defenceman to take about a dozen shots in open ice, and asked the same of Predators teammates Jordin Tootoo and Cody Franson for the sake of comparison.


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Nashville Notes

from Josh Cooper of the Tennessean,

You have to won­der. What’s worse? Losing like the Pre­da­tors did on Satur­day against the Kings, and get­ting beat in every way, shape and form. Or losing on a goal with 1.7 seconds remai­ning against the Ducks on Sun­day. I’m going to go with Sunday’s game. To come back from four defi­cits, score late, think you have the point wrap­ped up on the road, and then lose? That’s a tough way to go out. Any­way, here are a few thoughts from the game.

  * What’s going on with Shea Weber? He was pla­ying at a high level—I even heard one analyst men­tion him as an early Norris Trophy can­di­date—until this recent skid. Even more trou­bling is that Weber is a minus-seven since Ryan Suter got hurt. All pla­yers hit rough patches from time-to-time, and they often coin­cide with team-wide issues. Still, that plus/minus is a really tough num­ber to swa­llow for your cap­tain and best player.


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Video- Shoulder-To-Shoulder Or Shoulder To Head Hit?

via Josh Cooper of the Tennessean,

With his arms folded in the Nashville locker room, Jordin Tootoo wore a look of confusion after Nashville’s 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

With 6:49 remaining in the third period, Tootoo was given a five-minute game misconduct major for charging at defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo. Tootoo lowered his shoulder and exploded into Colaiacovo behind the net. The Blues player fell to the ice, giving St. Louis a power play that it converted into its final goal.

Colaiacovo did not return. Tootoo defended the hit.

“Obviously, my understanding is it was a blow to the head,” Tootoo said. “You look at the replay, shoulder-on-shoulder, it’s a tough league to play in — keep your head up out there. I think the bottom line, when you hit someone hard, the refs are going to take a second look at it. I’m speechless.”...

“I saw a shoulder-to-shoulder check, and he didn’t leave his feet, so I’m a little bit confused on that,” Trotz said.

Watch the hit below…

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  Tags: carlo+colaiacovo, jordin+tootoo

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