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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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Puppies and Hookers's avatar

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Posted by Puppies and Hookers from La la land on 01/30/11 at 01:23 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

Mean, mean, mean, mean.  Simmons’ column just spits venom.

And then there’s this:

There isn’t much best to say about the Maple Leafs, but the more I watch my NHL package of games on cable, the more convinced I am that Joe Bowen is the best local play-by-play man in hockey. By now, I believe I’ve heard them all, from the very sound Ken Daniels in Detroit to the excitable Rick Jeanneret in Buffalo to the unlistenable (hit the mute button) voice of the Calgary Flames, to so many nameless vanilla American announcers whose cadence of the game seems absolutely lacking. Doing a local team isn’t the same as being a national voice, like Bob Cole or Gord Miller. You’re getting game perspective from one side only with the locals. But you know when it’s Bowen doing a game. He is loud and emotional, on the play, almost in the play. The team might be among the worst in hockey. The play-by-play, though, is absolutely first-rate.

Bowen could make watching paint dry compelling, but it doesn’t change the fact that he’s horrible to listen to if you’re not a Leaf fan.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 01/30/11 at 01:56 AM ET

Baroque's avatar

Wow. Whine, whine, bitch and moan.

Is there any sports writer who complains more about the game they cover than a hockey writer? It’s just a silly exhibition game. People get picked at odd times. It DOESN’T MATTER.

I wonder how much the coverage of the NHL would improve in attitude (clearly it would improve in logic and depth of analysis already) if the league dumped reporters and went with bloggers for the all-star game. The reporters whine more than anyone.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 01/30/11 at 03:35 AM ET


Geesh, I usually don`t agree with Mr. Simmons, but this time I do.  It`s not mean, mean, mean, it`s rather on target.  And humerous at points.  Other Toronto media have been overplaying the whole `Kessel is last` non-issue.

So much of this weekend`s All-Star festivities scream out small-time, and Simmons touches upon those issues.

And yes, the NHL would probably like the uber-fans who are bloggers to cover the event instead of reporters….which is precisely why reporters should continue to cover such events.  The last thing we need is more fan-boy pandering about such a non-event as the All-Star Game.

It`s interesting to watch some (not all) in the hockey blogging world develop the same inflated sense of them selves as some of the established hockey press have.

I`m waiting for a blogger backlash from less known bloggers.  Pop will eat itself, as they say.

Real hockey begins again Tuesday!

Posted by Mick Kern on 01/30/11 at 02:55 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I for one am constantly thankful for the Toronto media, without whom, we’d never have any idea what the old, hateful guard of days thankfully gone think.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/30/11 at 03:23 PM ET

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