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Old January 9th, 2009, 06:34 AM   #1
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Not that I ever go out of my way to watch it since it is a bunch of guys that (usually) don't know what each other are doing. Bettman has really managed to make a joke out of the only pro sport I watch.

The starting line-ups from both East and West are from only 4 different teams! http://www.nhl.com/ice/eventhome.htm...=NHL.COM|rdbtn

I rarely watch the All Star because its boring anyway but this one I have no intentions of watching out of protest. I can't beleive they snubbed Lidstrom, Hank, Hossa & Datsyuk from the Stanley Cup winning team but greats like Ovechkin from the starters. I think most players would rather have the time off anyway.

I would watch the Skills Competition normally but I probably won't even watch that this year.

I do have an idea to get me to watch. I would even go for it as a pay-per-view! Have a cage-match between Chris Chelios and Gary Bettman. That I would love to see.

Bettman has only managed to make the NHL worse over his reign. Please take him back NBA.
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Old January 9th, 2009, 06:37 AM   #2
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Popularity vote, with a huge Canadian radio campaign to stuff the box.
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from http://boycottnhlallstar.blogspot.com/

Jean-Sebastien Giguere is now the leading goaltender in the Western Conference. Miikka Kiprusoff, Evgeni Nabokov and Niklas Backstrom all have better goaltender statistics than him in the west. Nabokov is currently third in votes among Western Conference goaltenders. Backstrom is a distant fifth. Kiprusoff currently has about 76,000 votes, more than 400,000 less than Giguere.

- Alexander Ovechkin, who is currently third in league scoring and second in goal scoring, is almost 580,000 votes away from being voted into the game. Jeff Carter and Thomas Vanek, who are currently competing with Ovechkin for the goal scoring lead, are nowhere near the top ten in Eastern Conference forwards.

- Sergei Gonchar, who has not played a game all season, is currently in second place amongst Eastern Conference defensemen. He is about 45,000 votes away from leading that group. Ryan Whitney, who has played three games this year, has a commanding grip on fourth place.

- The San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins, who are currently leading the Western and Eastern Conferences respectively, do not have any players close to being voted into the game.



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Old January 9th, 2009, 07:25 AM   #5
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Who cares about that game any way? It seems the Wings never get the respect they deserve from other teams, their fan bases, the officials, etc..

The best FU we can give em is when that cup and some of the individual awards come back home to Detroit.. Again...
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3 Hawks and 3 Ducks vs 4 Habs and 2 Penguins?

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Yes, a regime change needs to take place
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I agree, sucks.
I do like the fact that some other players like Kane is a starter.
Something with the voting must be rigged.
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There is said to be use of an auto-voting program by fans of those teams.

I am still up for the cage match! I KNOW Cheli hates Bettman. It would be awesome. Maybe even throw in some spiked bats, machetes, samuari swords, etc.
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