Ok, the All Star game isn’t nearly as cool as it used to be. The game is supposed to be a showcase of the most talented players, but it looks nothing like a real hockey game. My favorite part of the whole event is the skills competition. I haven’t actually watched a whole game in years. It just gets boring after a while. Still, it’s always an honor for players to be chosen, and I do like for the Flyers to have strong representation.
This year, the NHL decided to play with the format, again, to drive up interest. And I have to say, it’s an interesting concept. Fans used to vote for the starting lineups in both conferences, with the rest of the rosters filled by secretive NHL coalitions. This year, we pick 6 starters total, and then the league picks the rest of the players. Then the players pick captains, and the captains pick teams. After that, same old boring all star game with no hitting, no defense, and tons of scoring. Yippie! On the ballot, we have 5 Flyers, and of course can write in more if we feel the need. Here are the guys listed:
- Mike Richards
- Chris Pronger
- Jeff Carter
- Danny Briere
- Kimmo Timonen
Aside from Timonen, the other four definitely deserve some consideration. If I had to guess, I’d say Richards and Pronger make the cut, with Briere having an outside chance. not because he’s not good enough, I just don’t know how popular he is anymore. Then again, he’s scoring at a high pace, definitely got some attention during the playoffs, and might make it on the squad.
As for write in votes, do we have anyone that deserves to make the cut? Hmmm, let’s think about it. Carcillo…no. JVR…absolutely not. Hartnell or Leino…we love them, but they don’t make the cut either. How about Claude Giroux and Sergei Bobrovsky. Hell freaking yes they deserve the accolades!
Giroux is 7th in league scoring, and is putting on a show every freaking night. Every time he gets the puck, he does something incredible with it. If the all star game is about putting on a show, the is EXACTLY the type of player they need on the ice.
As for Bob, he’s making a strong case for one of the two starting spots. Is there anyone aside from Quick playing better right now? He’s barely giving up more than a goal or two every night, and is putting on a clinic against almost everyone he faces.
Flyers fans, go vote as often as you can, and let’s infuse a little Orange and Black into Raleigh.