A few notable posts on the upcoming NHL All-Star Game…Mixed reaction to an upcoming rally protesting the state of the Blue Jackets, plus trade destinations for Jeff Carter…Roberto Luongo having another great January…Claiming the NHL violated the CBA with its latest suspension of Alexander Ovechkin…What if Wayne Gretzky had never been born?…Scolding TSN’s Gord Miller for jinxing Carey Price’s shutout bid in last night’s Habs-Red Wings tilt.
PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski lists the potential candidates for who might get picked last in tonight’s NHL All-Star draft, plus offers up a fascinating piece on the amateur goalie whom Don Cherry accused of “ruining” the 2009 All Star skills competition.
THE PENSBLOG: considers the All-Star game a yawn-fest. You’re not the only one!
DIRTY DANGLE: Presents: the 2012 All Star Fantasy Draft drinking game.
CARDIAC CANE: offers up options to Hurricanes fans already bored with the lack of NHL hockey.
LIGHT THE LAMP: is spreading the word about the protest for Blue Jackets fans against the current plight of the team, slated for January 28th .
THE CANNON: Matt Wagner is sympathetic toward the protest, but feels there’s better ways to voice fan displeasure.
BLOG DUDES: Steve Todd Ives meanwhile examines the resurgence of Jeff Carter trade rumors and potential destinations.
CANUCKS ARMY: Thomas Drance observes Roberto Luongo is having another stellar January, to which Luongo’s critics respond, ” Too bad he can’t play that way in May and June.”
ROCK THE RED: Did the NHL violate the CBA with its latest suspension of Alexander Ovechkin? If it did, the Caps certainly aren’t fighting it.
BACKHAND SHELF: Rob Pizzo imagines the NHL if Wayne Gretzky had never existed. I wished he never existed back in the 1981 playoffs, when he led his Oilers over my beloved Canadiens, but then the Habs got their revenge in the 1993 Cup Final, so it’s all good.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: TSN play-by-play man Gord Miller incurred the wrath of the Twittersphere during last night’s Red Wings-Canadiens for “jinxing” Carey Price’s shut out bid.