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by Paul on 12/31/11 at 10:16 PM ET
from Joseph Hall of the Toronto Star,
So, in the latest tally, three Maple Leafs, two Senators and an injured superstar would man the starting lineup for the NHL all-star game as voted for by the fans.
To paraphrase Homer Simpson, when will they figure out that democracy doesn’t work in hockey?
No less an authority than former NHL journeyman Rory Fitzpatrick says there has to be a better way than this to pick players who are truly deserving of an all-star nod.
“It’s obviously flawed,” says Fitzpatrick, a workaday defenceman who was the unwilling beneficiary of a ballot-stuffing campaign in Vancouver five years ago. “You get guys that are injured or haven’t played and they’re at the top of the voting.
“And this year you have all the Senators and Leafs. There’s obviously something wrong.”
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