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Claude Giroux

Claude Giroux not being voted to start All-Star Game is not a big deal


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 Morning Skate: Where an Ottawa columnist brags about All-Star voting

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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)

Tonight’s your last chance to vote for 2011 NHL All-Star Game

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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.

All-Star Voting update: Marc-Andre Fleury gains slight lead over Carey Price

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Since November 15th, hockey fans have had their chance to vote for starters for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, North Carolina. We’ll give you the occasional voting update, as fans have until January 3, 2011 to select six players (three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie) who will act as something of a fans’ First All-NHL Team.

Last week, we mentioned the fact that people who hated the Pittsburgh Penguins wouldn’t be very happy with the results. That was because Evgeni Malkin joined Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang in the six-player fan voting group. Well, things look even worse for Pens-haters this week, as Marc-Andre Fleury joined that top six.

(Click here for the results, via NHL.com.)

Let’s start with the voting results for forwards, with the top three highlighted. The group is the same as last week, with Jonathan Toews sandwiched between Crosby and Malkin.

As I said last week, it’s surprising not to see Alex Ovechkin ranked higher and Steven Stamkos probably deserves more votes.

Next, here are the top five defensemen, with the two would-be starters highlighted.

So Letang and Keith remain in the top two, while Dustin Byfuglien remains far too low at number nine.

Finally, here are the top six goalies, as Jimmy Howard earned almost as many votes as the fifth place candidate. The would-be starter is highlighted.

It looks like it’s going to be a tight race between Fleury and Price going forward.

So, if the All-Star Voting ended today the starting six would be:

Forwards: Crosby, Toews and Malkin.

Defensemen: Letang and Duncan Keith.

Goalie: Fleury.

Yup, that means that four out of the top six would be Penguins. Even the most blindly devoted Pens fan should admit that is too much, as Tim Thomas probably deserves more goalie votes while Malkin hasn’t had an All-Star caliber season.

Still, this is an event made to entertain fans (and sponsors), and they are speaking in favor of Pittsburgh right now. Will that remain until January 3rd? We’ll just have to wait and see.

All-Star Voting update: Evgeni Malkin creeps into the top three forwards

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Since November 15th, hockey fans have had their chance to vote for starters for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, North Carolina. We’ll give you the occasional voting update, as fans have until January 3, 2011 to select six players (three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie) who will act as something of a fans’ First All-NHL Team.

As you can see from the results, the starting lineup of the All-Star game won’t make anyone who hates the Pittsburgh Penguins very happy. That being said, the fans have spoken their mind in the form of write-in votes, too.

Let’s take a look at the top 10 in fan votes among forwards (the top three are highlighted to represent who would make it if the voting ended today, while write-in candidates include an asterisk).

(Note: all voting information comes via NHL.com.)

The only new player among any of the top six is Evgeni Malkin, who holds a few more than 4,000 votes over Steve Stamkos. While Malkin is a high-end talent, I think Stamkos is more deserving this year.

With all due respect to Michael Cammalleri, it’s shocking to see him front of Alex Ovechkin, who only came in seventh place up to this point. Get it together, Capitals fans.

Here are the top five defensemen in the voting, with the two would-be first team guys highlighted.

As you can see, the hierarchy hasn’t changed in the last week. Dustin Byfuglien (ninth place and 133,885 votes) and John-Michael Liles (25th place and 35,165 votes) deserved better.

Finally, here is the highlighted top goalie as well as the top six (the sixth spot was competitive enough with fifth-place Jaroslav Halak that I felt it was worthy of a mention).

Carey Price has a pretty strong lead and it looks like only Marc-Andre Fleury and Sergei Bobrovsky have a prayer of passing him. Tim Thomas is the biggest snub of this group, as he’s likely the leader in the Vezina Trophy race right now.

So, there you go. The starters would look like this if results stayed the same:

Forwards: Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Malkin

Defense: Kris Letang and Duncan Keith

Goalie: Price

If you want to impact the voting, click here to do so.