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58th NHL All-Star Game Portraits

Report: Ovechkin might skip All-Star Game, Toews won’t attend


The 2012 All-Star Game’s list of stars keeps shrinking.

Nicklas Lidstrom and Teemu Selanne decided to play the seniority card to sit this one out. Injuries are the most common escape hatch for other players likely to find themselves on the sidelines and more last-minute omissions are rolling in by the day. (TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Jonathan Toews is out, as expected, by the way.)

Alex Ovechkin likes to add new wrinkles to these events, so it only makes sense that he might do something unusual. McKenzie reports that the sting of Ovechkin’s recently announced three-game suspension might prompt him to take that All-Star break vacation, after all.

The Washington Times’ Stephen Whyno transcribed McKenzie’s comments:

“The word out of Washington tonight is that at this point Alexander Ovechkin does not want to go to the All-Star weekend as a suspended player,” Bob McKenzie said. “No firm decision’s been made on anything, but all accounts would lead us to believe that there will be some decisions in Washington [Tuesday] with the Capitals, with Ovechkin about this issue. I would bet right now that Alexander Ovechkin’s going to want to withdraw from the NHL All-Star Game.”

For those who worry that Ovechkin might get suspended again for sitting out the game, McKenzie guesses that the NHL wouldn’t stack another one for missing the event. (If he ends up missing it at all, that is.)

Injury might prompt Toews to skip All-Star Game

Jonathan Toews, Zdeno Chara

NHL elders Nicklas Lidstrom and Teemu Selanne may have earned the right to sit out the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, but one could argue that any injured player should try to do the same.

CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers wonders if far-from-old-timer Jonathan Toews might be one of those players. Toews is suffering from what seems like a minor hand injury, so missing the Chicago Blackhawks’ next game and sitting out All-Star weekend could give him nine days of rest while missing a minimal amount of time.

The Blackhawks play against the Nashville Predators this Tuesday and then don’t have another game until they visit the hated Canucks in Vancouver a week later on Jan. 31.

Having a big star like Toews is always a good thing for the NHL, but you can’t blame the Blackhawks if they ask their captain to take a mini-vacation. Being fresh against Chicago’s bitterest rivals might be enough motivation.

For more on Toews’ injury situation and other Blackhawks issues, check out this video from CSNChicago: