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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

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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.

Changes coming for the NHL All-Star Game; team captains to pick sides now

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If you’ve found yourself bored to tears over the NHL All-Star Game over the years, chances are you’re not alone. After all, the game itself is basically everything that the NHL isn’t about these days. No one throws a body check, guys don’t really play defense, and it’s essentially shooters versus goalies with a couple of defensemen out there to keep up appearances.

With the GM meetings  going on in Toronto today, former NHL star-turned-league executive Brendan Shanahan says that changes are coming for the mid-season exhibition game and they’re going to be a bit on the radical side as Craig Custance of The Sporting News shares with us.

According to Shanahan, the changes won’t be as drastic as giving the winning team home-ice advantage, like what baseball did with leagues competing in the World Series.

Instead, he’s hoping to tap into the competitive side of the All-Stars more than the exhibition game does now. One idea that has been the subject of speculation would be to have team captains choose sides before the game—like a pickup game. Shanahan declined to confirm that idea when asked by Sporting News.

His biggest hope, he said, is to find a fun way that brings out the competitive side of players seen in every regular-season game.

It’s good to see that they’re staying away from the bogus thing Major League Baseball did with their All-Star Game in “making it count” for home field in the World Series. Trying to force players to care about a game that doesn’t count for anything aside from fan entertainment comes off as phony as it sounds. Also, making home ice in the Stanley Cup finals, for instance, as something to be put up for grabs in an All-Star Game would virtually devalue the regular season.

As for the apparent proposal itself, it’s a fascinating suggestion to do something pond hockey-like to have captains pick their sides for the game. Putting the pressure on the big guns that are voted on by the fans to then have to pick who they want in the game provides some honest intrigue for fans and players alike. Wouldn’t you like to know who Sidney Crosby or Nicklas Lidstrom (if he wasn’t avoiding the game) would pick for their teams? I sure would be interested to see who they’d choose.

(Update: Chris Johnston gets confirmation from the NHL that yes, indeed, captains will be picking sides for the game and it will go into effect starting with this year’s game in Raleigh, North Carolina. Fantastic.)

What they decide to do to make guys want to bust their humps a bit more for the game itself will be fascinating to see. Again, it’s just one exhibition game with no real stakes on the line at all. One suggestion from us to spice things up: Winner take all regarding All-Star bonuses/payouts.

There’s less than zero possibility that this would ever be a possibility, but we know these guys get paid and pulling the curtain off that fact and putting the All-Star Game payouts on the line so winners take home all the cash would at least put something on the line for the guys in the game. Making it something that doesn’t have anything at all to do with screwing with standings or home-ice advantage or the general integrity of the regular season standings would put some life into the game. Besides, what player wouldn’t mind taking home a few extra bucks in the end from their buddies on the opposing team?

Not only would it be bragging rights but it’d give them a chance to dangle something over their heads for a full year. You’d get the best out of the guys on the ice and while it’s still an exhibition you’d at least, ideally, get them to try a bit harder to win the game rather than putz around for two-and-a-half periods then spending the final ten minutes actually trying.