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by Paul on 01/29/11 at 11:35 PM ET
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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