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Columbus’ mayor would like to know when they’re getting the All-Star Game back


One of the unfortunate casualties of the NHL lockout was the All-Star Game in Columbus being canceled. While some don’t care for the mostly annual event, Ohio’s capital city was looking forward to hosting their first marquee NHL event since the 2007 draft.

According to Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch, the mayor of Columbus would like to know when, exactly, they’ll be getting their opportunity to host the All-Star Game.

Mayor Michael B. Coleman sent a letter to the league asking for the league to let them know if they have answers for their worries because they’d like to have the city prepared in advance. Getting things like hotels and convention centers booked and set aside in advance is kind of important.

Portzline notes the issue with wanting answers now is that the question over NHL participation in the Olympics in 2014 has yet to be answered and the league may have already picked out Toronto to host the 2015 All-Star Game on the sly. Making the city wait til 2016 seems a bit cruel, but it’s not unprecedented.

The 2005 All-Star Game that was wiped out by the lockout that season was supposed to be held in Atlanta but they didn’t get a make-up game until 2008. The same sort of interruption thanks to the Olympics in 2006 also happened then. Perhaps by 2016 the Blue Jackets might have all-stars of their own to tout.

Someone please explain what’s happening in this Carey Price video

Carey Price

National Post and Grantland writer Sean McIndoe (known on teh interwebz as Down Goes Brown) has alerted the masses to Carey Price’s “vote for me” video for the 2012 NHL All-Star game:

That is…something. What, I’m not sure. I’ve watched it four times now and all I’m certain of is:

1) That’s Carey Price.

2) He wants you to vote him into the All-Star game.

After that I have no clue what’s going on.

Apparently it has something to do Brice de Nice, a French film about a surfer waiting for the perfect wave. Having watched a few clips of Brice de Nice in action (here and here and here, and I apologize in advance), I’m guessing this character is “European funny” the same way Napoleon Dynamite was “North American funny.” I met this Belgian girl once that told me Napoleon Dynamite was “dark” and kept saying how sorry she felt for him. Me: “Really? Did you not see the part where he fed ham to his pet llama?” Another example of the cultural divide, I suppose.

In closing, I’d like to point out Brice de Nice is six years old, so Montreal’s timing on imitating him is kinda strange — dare I say a little dated. It does open the door for Roberto Luongo to do a Borat-themed video for his ASG campaign, though. Great success!

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.