by SENShobo on 12/06/08 at 08:17 PM ET
November 20th, a 3-2 Penguins win over the Thrashers, and a very important date for Penguins fans, one they seem to have forgotten, along with a great many other fans of the NHL.
Figured it out yet? I only thought about it today myself…
Maybe you’ve been busy, boosting Sergei Gonchar’s and Ryan Whitney’s vote totals either as fans of the Penguins, or fans of not seeing Markov and Komisarek be a part of a nearly all-Habs lineup, Crosby having finally put a dent in that armor.
The game in question marked the start of a 20 Pittsburgh games countdown to January 2nd, 2009. Neither player played in that game (or any since, or any this season at all), and thus cannot fulfill the NHL requirement: “To be eligible for the 2009 All-Star team, a player must have played 20 games by January 2, 2009.”, listed at the bottom of the NHL All-Star Fan Balloting Leader Board.
Judging by the near 650,000 votes currently shared between the two, which has been increasing ever since that date to hold them in 3rd and 4th place and just out of the starting lineup, many fans let that date pass by unnoticed.
A humble plea: stop the Pittsburgh Madness. Neither will play in this All-Star Game, it has already been decided. Please, help further restore the dignity to the voting process, tarnished by some earlier Montreal Madness, and stop voting for the pair.
Vote for Komisarek and Markov if you like, don’t vote for any Eastern Conference defensemen, or (what a crazy idea) vote for someone like Zdeno Chara or Mike Green, All-Star defensemen who are eligible to take part in the All-Star game. This is not an affront to the world-class skills of either Gonchar or Whitney, just a simple plea:
Stop The Pittsburgh Madness
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