Yesterday we saw the fruits of Ottawa voters’ labor pay off as four Senators were named as starters to the All-Star Game. For many writers and fans in Philadelphia that didn’t sit too well as one of the NHL’s leading scorers, Claude Giroux, didn’t make the cut.
For Giroux, however, he wants everyone to know that it’s totally OK he didn’t get voted in as he shares with CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio.
“It’s in Ottawa, they want Ottawa players there, that’s fine,” he said. “I’m not going to judge the way they do. It doesn’t really matter. It seriously doesn’t bother me.
“If I do go back it will be pretty cool, I have family and friends there, but I have bigger things to worry about right now.”
Anyone upset that any of their favorite top players didn’t get voted on is missing the big picture and what the voting process was all about anyway. The hometown fans wanted their guys to make the game and that’s fine. There are 36 other stars (at least) that will get chosen and others that will get subbed in inevitably thanks to injury.
All-Star Game votes are rarely given out on merit and besides, there will be six other guys that will be getting the start in Ottawa later on. Now if Giroux doesn’t get named to the team at all, then we can fire up the torches and pitchforks.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Baiting Leafs fans can be easy to do. Doing it over All-Star Game voting though? For one Ottawa Sun columnist, this was his moment to strike while the iron was hot. Sigh. (Ottawa Sun)
The Flyers are really hoping Kimmo Timonen’s wrist isn’t hurt badly. They can’t afford (in many ways) to have him be hurt long term. (CSNPhilly.com)
The IIHF is launching a concussion task force to get to the bottom of things and figure out how why the game is going through such an epidemic with these injuries. (The Globe And Mail)
Chicago GM Stan Bowman has a shopping list for making trades: A center and a defenseman. So obviously that means he’ll get Ryan Getzlaf and Lubomir Visnovsky, right? That’s how it works, isn’t it? (CSNChicago.com)
Ryan Miller is ready to go after Dominik Hasek’s team record for wins. Of course, if he were playing better he would’ve broken it by now, but that’s beside the point. (Buffalo News)
It’s hard to impress Jonathan Toews, but he liked a lot of what he saw out of rookie Andrew Shaw last night. (CSNChicago.com)
It just gets worse for Columbus. Mark Letestu broke his hand in a hard-luck loss to San Jose last night. (Puck-Rakers)
Finally, Coyotes coach Dave Tippett wasn’t too pleased with how Drew Doughty’s overtime goal counted last night. Should it have? (NHL)
While fans won’t wield the same power in deciding a big chunk of the lineup in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game compared to previous years, they still get to choose the top three forwards, top two defenseman and the top goalie.
Tonight is your last chance to do that, as I imagine voting might even close as early as midnight ET. If you haven’t gotten a chance to do so, click here to take part in the voting.
Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Evgeni Malkin were the top forwards while Kris Letang and Duncan Keith were the top defensemen and Marc-Andre Fleury held a slim lead as the No. 1 goalie. There still might be a chance for Penguins/Blackhawks haters or fans of Steven Stamkos and Carey Price to make an impact in the popularity contest, so vote while you still can.