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What about the fighting all-stars? Carcillo and Shelley choose their own sides

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We’ve seen plenty of stuff from everyone wondering out loud about who Eric Staal and Nick Lidstrom will be choosing on Friday night (note: We’ll be doing the same thing here with our mock draft at 4 p.m. ET) for the All-Star Game on Sunday but as you may have noticed there’s a distinct aspect of the game that’s very much missing from the festivities.

After all, if you think there’s going to be any fighting during the All-Star Game perhaps you’ve just missed virtually every All-Star Game ever played. It’s the one aspect to the NHL that doesn’t find its way into the league’s grand mid-season exhibition.

Of course, if there was to be fighting in the All-Star Game and enforcers were tossed into a selection pool who would they pick to go to war with? Philadelphia’s Dan Carcillo and Jody Shelley were asked to do just that by’s Ed Barkowitz and they both came up with a lineup of sluggers that only their mothers could love.

Aside from both Shelley and Carcillo choosing each other to be on their own personal goon squad (does that make it a bromance?) their lineups are rather interesting to see.

Team Carcillo: Shelley, George Parros, Paul Bissonnette, Chris Neil, Deryk Engelland, and Shawn Thornton

Team Shelley: Carcillo, Zenon Konopka, Colton Orr, Brandon Prust, Jared Boll, and George Parros

Funny to see Carcillo pick Thornton because those two famously squared off at the Winter Classic in Boston in 2010 concluding with Carcillo saluting the fans at Fenway Park like a conquering hero would. Also it’s fun to see Biz Nasty make an appearance on that list. Of course, that just makes us wish Carcillo was on Twitter to see what kind of verbal sparring would go on between those two former Penguins farm hands. Engelland is the most fearsome selection here as his ability to knock out heavyweights this season has been a revelation for hockey fight fans.

Team Shelley is a team that actually seems like one that has the parts to it to make up a pretty good and obnoxious fourth line. Picture Konopka centering a line with Prust and either Orr or Parros on the right wing. Terrifying physical possibilities there and both Konopka and Prust have abilities that go beyond punching someone in the face. Of course, when all else fails throwing Colton Orr out there to beat heads (or knees) in is a fine failsafe to have.

It’s fun to ponder the possibilities of seeing a WWE King of the Ring brand of thing at the All-Star Game to see who the King of the Ice is when it comes to putting on the foil and while we get why they don’t do that at all, think of the fun we could have with that. I’m sure the PR folks around the league would hate it but that’s all part of the fun too.

Report: Sean Avery was arrested last week

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From the Southampton Press:

Sean Avery, the former National Hockey League player, was arrested by Southampton Village Police last week on two criminal charges.

According to authorities, Mr. Avery was arrested September 30 following a routine traffic stop on Jennings Avenue in the village at about 4:09 p.m. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.

Police said the criminal mischief charge involved an incident the day before, when Mr. Avery allegedly threw objects at passing vehicles.

As for those counts of possession, according to the newspaper, Avery was found to have “two prescription drugs, acetaminophen with oxycodone and roxicodone.”

He was released on $500 bail and ordered to appear in court at a later date.

Did we mention he’s supposed to get married this weekend?

H/t Gawker

Devils send ’15 first-rounder Zacha back to junior

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Pavel Zacha was this close to making his NHL debut.

Just days prior to opening their season against the Jets, the Devils returned Zacha — the sixth overall pick at this year’s draft — back to his junior club in OHL Sarnia.

The move comes after Zacha, 18, impressed throughout training camp and the preseason. He appeared in four exhibition games for New Jersey, scoring one point while endearing himself to the organizational brass, coaching staff and players.

“He understands the game. He plays with a maturity. It’s crazy to think an 18-year-old coming out of high school is up here and playing with the maturity and understanding of the game with the new system,” Kyle Palmieri told “I think he’s got a lot of raw talent there as a power forward. He’s got the body for it, the puck-handling skills and the nose for the net.”

At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Zacha has the frame and physical stature to play at the NHL level, and looked the part for long stretches of the exhibition season, getting turns on New Jersey’s top line.

The decision to send him back to junior is probably the right one, however.

Zacha only turned 18 in April and has limited experience even at the OHL level; ’14-15 was his first year with Sarnia, though he did appear in 38 Czech League games (for Liberec) the season prior.