Staal, Lundqvist are all-stars; Stepan picked for skills competition


Here’s the announcement from the NHL:

NEW YORK (January 11, 2011) — The National Hockey League today announced the additional 36 All-Stars and 12 Rookies who will join fan-voted top six Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith, in Raleigh for the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend festivities.  

The 42 All-Stars will play in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover on Sunday, Jan. 30 at the RBC Center.  Each team will be comprised of 3 goalies, 6 defensemen and 12 forwards and will have one captain and two alternates to be chosen by the players and announced next week. The 12 NHL Rookies, along with the 42 All-Stars, will participate in the Honda NHL SuperSkills® on Sat., Jan. 29 at the RBC Center.

Below are the additional 36 All-Stars and 12 Rookies:

36 Additional All-Stars

Corey Perry — Anaheim Ducks
Jarome Iginla — Calgary Flames
Eric Staal — Carolina Hurricanes
Patrick Kane — Chicago Blackhawks
Patrick Sharp — Chicago Blackhawks
Matt Duchene — Colorado Avalanche
Rick Nash — Columbus Blue Jackets
Loui Eriksson — Dallas Stars
Brad Richards — Dallas Stars
Ales Hemsky — Edmonton Oilers
Anze Kopitar — Los Angeles Kings
Patrik Elias — New Jersey Devils
Claude Giroux — Philadelphia Flyers
David Backes — St. Louis Blues
Steven Stamkos — Tampa Bay Lightning
Martin St. Louis — Tampa Bay Lightning
Phil Kessel — Toronto Maple Leafs
Ryan Kesler — Vancouver Canucks
Henrik Sedin — Vancouver Canucks
Daniel Sedin — Vancouver Canucks
Alex Ovechkin — Washington Capitals

Dustin Byfuglien — Atlanta Thrashers
Tobias Enstrom — Atlanta Thrashers
Zdeno Chara — Boston Bruins
Nicklas Lidstrom — Detroit Red Wings
Brent Burns — Minnesota Wild
Shea Weber — Nashville Predators
Marc Staal — New York Rangers
Erik Karlsson — Ottawa Senators
Dan Boyle — San Jose Sharks
Mike Green — Washington Capitals

Jonas Hiller — Anaheim Ducks
Tim Thomas — Boston Bruins
Cam Ward — Carolina Hurricanes
Carey Price — Montreal Canadiens
Henrik Lundqvist — New York Rangers

12 Rookies

Cam Fowler — Anaheim Ducks
Tyler Seguin — Boston Bruins
Tyler Ennis — Buffalo Sabres
Jeff Skinner — Carolina Hurricanes
Kevin Shattenkirk — Colorado Avalanche
Jordan Eberle — Edmonton Oilers
Taylor Hall — Edmonton Oilers
Evgeny Dadonov — Florida Panthers
Michael Grabner — New York Islanders
Derek Stepan — New York Rangers
Oliver Ekman-Larsson — Phoenix Coyotes
Logan Couture — San Jose Sharks

NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft Powered By Cisco

As previously announced, the NHL, working in conjunction with the National Hockey League Players’ Association, replaced the traditional conference vs. conference format for the All-Star teams with a player draft that will determine the team rosters for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover as well as the Honda NHL SuperSkills®. The Jan. 28 NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco will be televised live nationwide on TSN and RDS in Canada and VERSUS in the U.S. at 8 p.m. ET from NHL Fan Fairâ„¢ at the Raleigh Convention Center.

A coin toss will decide first pick with the team captains, joined by their two alternate captains, alternately drafting the 36 remaining All-Stars through 18 rounds. Each team will consist of three goalies, six defensemen and 12 forwards total. For sake of fairness in the draft, the captain and alternate captains for each team will consist of two forwards and one defenseman. Also, to ensure that the final draft picks are true selections and not simply predetermined due to position requirements, each team’s three goalies must be picked by the end of Round 10 and each team’s six defensemen must be picked by the conclusion of Round 15.

The 12 Rookies participating in the Honda NHL SuperSkills® will be divided by the NHL into two groups of six. At the completion of the 15th round of the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco, one NHL Rookie will be selected to choose which All-Star team his group will join for the skills competition. Details on fan access to the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco will be announced in the coming weeks.

2011 NHL All-Star Weekend

The 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover will mark the first time Carolina has hosted NHL All-Star activities. The excitement begins on Friday, Jan. 28 with the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco and televised live nationwide on TSN and RDS in Canada and VERSUS in the U.S. at 8 p.m. ET from NHL Fan Fair at the Raleigh Convention Center.  On Saturday, Jan. 29, the players will take the ice in the Honda NHL SuperSkills® at the RBC Center.  The League’s mid-season spectacular concludes with the 58th NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover at the RBC Center on Sunday, Jan. 30.  Live television coverage of both nights will be provided by VERSUS in the U.S. and CBC and RDS in Canada, with the Honda NHL SuperSkills® at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday and the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday.  Fans in Raleigh are encouraged to take part in the festivities at NHL Fan Fair, a three-day fan festival at the Raleigh Convention Center, January 28-30.

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  1. ilb with the first again! This is becoming a recurring theme!


    I love Denise… speaking of which, congratulations to Michael Douglas, who appears to have beaten cancer! HIP HIP HOORAY! And keep Charlie Sheen in your thoughts, he apparently is in need of some serious rehab, i hope he gets the help he needs.


    Izzy’s back!

  2. although the train station has improved considerably from years past …

    Still, very bush-league at best

  3. Jon, Step is on there. Third from the bottom.

    On the topic of all-star game, I think I may be one of the only hockey enthusiasts that actually enjoys the game. The skills competition is always fun.

  4. with Shea Weber needing to be resigned long term, i wonder if we can get him through trade in the offseason

    I would be more than willing to give up Wolski, Del Zotto, Grachev and a 1st rounder for him.

  5. May help with Dubinsky’s negotiations this offseason :-)

    Only one goaltender from WC. Hmmmm…

  6. and a ticket? that is asking WAY too much!

    from the last thread:

    Gaborik scored over 40 goals last season because he played with Vinny…Gaborik’s main weapon is shooting…Vinny created a lot of space for Gaborik with his ability to carry and hang on to the the puck…similar to Nylander + Jagr

    Just look at how much space Goaborik gets this season… virtually none… that’s why he needs another creative player aka play-maker like Vinny (or BR) on his line

  7. Doodie Machetto on

    Every team needs one player, that’s why guys like Backes, Kessel, and Elias are on the squad. Subtract out the one guy from each team and the forwards Dubinsky would have had to pass were:

    1) Kane or Sharp;
    2) Eric Staal;
    3) Richards or Errickson;
    4) Stamkos or St. Louis;
    5) one of Kesler or the Sedin Twins;
    6) Corey Perry; or
    7) Matt Duchene

    I think I’d take all of those guys over Dubi, except MAYBE Duchene, and even then I’m not sold.

  8. Doodie Machetto on

    “Gaborik scored over 40 goals last season because he played with Vinny…Gaborik’s main weapon is shooting…Vinny created a lot of space for Gaborik with his ability to carry and hang on to the the puck…similar to Nylander + Jagr ”

    I could not disagree more with this statement. Prospal does not create space in any capacity even close to what Nylander did for Jagr. Further, Jagr would work to create his own space when the puck was on his stick using his size and his power. Finally, Gaborik has had plenty of good chances this year that he’s just failed to convert.

    Gaborik’s lack of production is no one’s fault but Gaborik’s.

  9. Matt Duchene is 7th overall in NHL scoring, 19 years old and in his 2nd professional season. OMG, how good is he gonna be when he’s 25?

    I’d take him over any of those guys, except Stamkos and Staal and perhaps Kane.

  10. I know Jagr is a beast and creates his own chances.. i meant it’s similar to what Jagr had with Nylander.

    Vinny and Gaborik played well together and Vinny did create plenty of room for Gaborik by simply being able to handle the puck… Gaborik can’t handle the puck for carcillo! Gaborik does not have the chemistry with anyone on this team compared to the chemistry he had with Vinny all season long last year.

  11. the ONLY reason elias is in over dubinsky is that stupid ” every team should be represented” rule. if ur team sucks, it sucks. no way in heatley is elias outplaying dubi. NONE.

    ps I plan to hit the rink again in a month!

  12. Doodie Machetto on

    “I’d take him over any of those guys, except Stamkos and Staal and perhaps Kane.”

    Then you’re obviously biased. And while that’s fine, let’s not pretend this was some kind of travesty. Dubinsky only has 16 goals, 4 of which were empty netters. That doesn’t exactly make him a prolific scorer.

  13. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    Morning ILB and all!!

    Love all the hypotheticals and player moves….great banter!!

    do you need some wisers??

    Regarding our UFA’s coming up…..depending on player moves, don’t be shocked to see eminger resigned and I think at this point feds is about an 85% sure bet to get another contract similar to this years.

    denise? as in denise richards? as in I guess xmas does….twice a year (or in July or something like that from the bond flick)?

  14. Doodie Machetto on

    “Gaborik can’t handle the puck for carcillo!”

    Again, entirely disagree. The past few games, Gaborik has looked much better because he has been trying to create with the puck on his stick. His stickhandling has been excellent. It’s his finishing that’s been lacking.

  15. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    only bad thing about the iphone is you can’t do voice and data simultaneously! I’m still getting one though.

    I also think dubi should have got the ASG nod

  16. Umm…Shouldn’t you all be *happy* that Dublowsky didn’t make it? I certainly am.

    I’m pissed that Stahl and Lungfist made it. If they get injured, pff, then it’s really…

    Game Over

    Season Over

    By the way, if Wolfski is playing tonight, then he’s scoring two goals in a 4-2 win! BOOM!


    There you go CCCP

    Everyone I know that has the iPhone swears by it. I am a BlackBerry guy. I might be switching to Android platform in May when my contract is up though. I am with Sprint. It is a non exclusive deal with Verizon, so Sprint and T Mobile might both get it at some point as well. The Feb. 10th release will NOT be a 4G phone. It is anticipated that the iPhone 5 will be when it is released.

  18. I know TR is excited, but only because people will be jumping from AT&T to Verizon and it will open up some bandwith for him :)

  19. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    So i don’t read the rodent all the time so maybe I missed a couple of things, but these are the three things I determined from his article (thanks for the link ILB)..

    1)If slats wants richards (brad) he’s going to get him no matter the cost

    2)Drury might actually be bought out

    3)Slats may still have a grudge about the dubi hold out

    Am I wrong on these??

  20. Doodie Machetto on

    Nasty 1, I’m excited for that exact reason too.

    Here’s the thing about the iPhone. Everything it has is the best available: the internet browser is the best, the camera is the best, the e-mail is the best, the screen is the best, the text messaging is the best, the size is the best, etc. What sucks about it is that it doesn’t have a lot of stuff that other phones have. That’s really the drawback.

    I’m hoping that once it lands on Verizon, the bandwidth will improve.

  21. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    mrs has a droid and loves it!! It is a pretty cool phone!

  22. Doodie Machetto on

    “but for the most part puck doesn’t stay too long on Gaborik’s stick”

    Because he wasn’t trying to do anything with it. He would try to dump it off to someone else so he could wait for a one-timer. He’s been very lazy.

  23. No, wicky, I think you’re right….Pretty much.

    CCCP-I’ve had every single iPhone since 2007. Yes, it’s really worth all the hype. No 4G yet, though.

  24. Doodie Machetto on

    You’re right about #1 and #2, but wrong about #3. He brought back Avery after that ugly arbitration. I doubt Dubinsky holding out a couple of weeks of camp really is going to be a problem seeing how good he’s been.

  25. What sucks about it is that it doesn’t have a lot of stuff that other phones have.


    like what? lol

    sorry but i really want to know so i can make up my damn mind! I want android and i want iphone!!! SO MANY CHOICES SO LITTLE KNOWLEDGE!

  26. CCCP- yes, you can browse and voice simultaneously. Unless you have sustained multiple concussions, of course…:-)

  27. I agree on browsing and text and stuff, but in terms of lightning fast and secore email, I think BB always wins that battle.

  28. sustained multiple concussions…ooooooooo….let’s ask Troy Aikman and Steve Young what that’s like :)

  29. You can’t do both simultaneously on a CDMA network, which Verizon is. AT&T is a GSM network and you can.

    I have a BlackBerry Bold on Sprint, and it is a world phone, so I can do both on this phone, but strictly CDMA, you can’t as of now.

  30. Brendan Shanahan invented this new ASG format.

    He usually comes up with good ideas. He’s like JD in that regard.

  31. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    re voice and data…

    thanks for the link nasty, I thought I was going to have to try and explain it myself!

    porta potty
    The droid is really cool and I know the iphone isn’t 4g as ILB stated, but gotta love the iphone!!

    ouch baby ouch!

  32. Interesting, Nasty1. Wicky is right. You can certainly multitask on AT&T network.

    And, of course Doodie, Dubinsky will be resigned, no grudges there.

  33. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    I’m sorry could you repeat that one part again??

  34. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    porta potty
    I’m right there with you on that one (multiple concussions and all)

  35. Dubinsky is not averaging a point per game. As I said before, Hank and Staal are the appropriate choices. If I had to pick a 3rd Ranger for the ASG, it’d be Girardi.

  36. iphone on verizon will be hotspot enabled, so you can run other wifi enabled devices through the iphone itself.

  37. I wonder if that would be the reason for some people not to switch from AT&T to Verizon’s iPhone? A lot of people are using that feature- talking to someone and browsing, while driving on it too :-)

  38. Don Maloney was on nhllive today to discuss the trade but I would have wished the GM of the NEW YORK RANGERS would be on as well to hear from him and answering the questions of the hosts…

    That would make for a good public relations job.. But anyway it is like it is…
    New York is different here….

  39. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp thought the NHL news would make things busy. Turns out it was the iPhone that is making the headlines here.

  40. First of all, Jagr was a monster…Gabby is not. He is a very talented player who can put up a lot of points, but he won’t take over a game. Too me, he’s been invisible in far too many games this season, and it’s not just a matter of not finishing.

  41. very good…

    everybody is absolutely interested in the public relations department of the Rangers :)

  42. and as far as “players making space for gabby”, he needs to make space for himself…that’s what good players do

  43. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m not ready to give up on him yet, because when he’s good, he’s so explosive. That said, he’s been a disappointment this season.

  44. I had a Blackberry on Verizon for a few years then 2 generations of the iPhone on AT&T.

    IMO, iPhone is a multimedia device that has a phone application. I’d say talking on the phone is probably 15-20% of my total usage of the device and for that purpose AT&T is definitely worse than Verizon. But the Safari web browser is heads and shoulders better than what was on the last Blackberry model I had (Pearl) although I’m not sure how it compares to the newer BB’s. And I agree with Doodie’s statement that the core applications on the iPhone are the best of its type and the Apple app store blows away the Android app stores.

  45. thought Dubi would make the team. kinda shocked he didn’t as well as he’s been playing this year.

    Staal, while deserving, is a bit of a surprise considering he’s more of a defensive defenseman and we all know how the league looks down on those.

  46. Jon V

    you see… Gabby can’t make space for himself because he can’t handle the puck and gets knocked off it very easily… that is why he needs someone on his line who can demand as much attention (a playmaking center) and take some pressure off Gabby so he can find open ice for himself w/o having to handle the puck

  47. Dubi should have made it over Kane. I watch all the Hawks games, they are my favorite western team. But Kane just had a couple good games recently, and those were his best games all year. He has been way less than stellar this season, especially on the defensive end. Dubi has been better all around than Kaner this season so far, and that would be my choice.

  48. Gaborik has been extremely soft this year. Last season he was unafraid to go right at the D and cause them to back up giving him a screen between him and goalie. He doesn’t have the extra gear he had last year but I think he’s getting his shot back a little bit. Last year even if the goalie stopped his shots they came off so quickly or so heavy that the goalie almost always yielded a rebound. I’ve noticed more of that the past couple of games. Even when he was scoring in bunches he wasn’t doing it with one on one moves, probably explains a little bit why his shoot out record is so poor. His game is more based on his release and his ability to change speeds and direction. If he can start skating like last year the goals will come.

  49. Gaborik had one of the best seasons in Rangers history last year despite not having any real help. This year, he’s had lesser linemates with Prospal being out and his still on pace for 30 goals over an 82 game span.

    Wolski replacing Frolov/Avery/Drury is going to make a difference b/c even if he’s inconsistant, Wolski is a very skilled player and represents a legitimate threat to the opposition, something Gaborik has never really had here.

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