The NHL All-Star draft is completed…Tim Thomas still questioned about snubbing White House…Latest on the Phoenix Coyotes ownership situation…The woeful state of the Columbus Blue Jackets…Making the case for Pavel Datsyuk for the Hart Trophy…Status of the Devils at the All-Star break…Panthers holdovers enjoying their best seasons.
CBC.CA: Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk was the first overall pick in the NHL All-Star draft, while San Jose’s Logan Couture was the last man standing.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The lineup for the All-Star game looks like this (Courtesy of The Ottawa Sun):
- Daniel Alfredsson (C), RW, Senators
- Henrik Lundqvist (A), G, Rangers
- 1. Erik Karlsson, D, Senators
- 2. Jason Spezza, C, Senators
- 3. Jonathan Quick, G, Kings
- 4. Claude Giroux, C, Flyers
- 5. Kris Letang, D, Penguins
- 6. Steven Stamkos, C, Lightning
- 7. Brian Elliott, G, Blues
- 8. Shea Weber, D, Predators
- 9. Daniel Sedin, LW, Canucks
- 10. Dan Girardi, D, Rangers
- 11. Keith Yandle, D, Coyotes
- 12. Milan Michalek, LW, Senators
- 13. Henrik Sedin, C, Canucks
- 14. James Neal, LW, Penguins
- 15. Alex Edler, D, Canucks
- 16. John Tavares, C, Islanders
- 17. Scott Hartnell, LW, Flyers
- 18. Jason Pominville, RW, Sabres
- 19. Logan Couture, C, Sharks
- Zdeno Chara (C), D, Bruins
- Joffrey Lupul (A), RW, Maple Leafs
- 1. Pavel Datsyuk, C, Red Wings
- 2. Tim Thomas, G, Bruins
- 3. Evgeni Malkin, C, Penguins
- 4. Marian Hossa, RW, Blackhawks
- 5. Kimmo Timonen, D, Flyers
- 6. Corey Perry, RW, Ducks
- 7. Carey Price, G, Canadiens
- 8. Phil Kessel, RW, Maple Leafs
- 9. Ryan Suter, D, Predators
- 10. Jimmy Howard, G, Red Wings
- 11. Brian Campbell, D, Panthers
- 12. Patrick Kane, RW, Blackhawks
- 13. Dion Phaneuf, D, Maple Leafs
- 14. Jarome Iginla, RW, Flames
- 15. Dennis Wideman, D, Capitals
- 16. Marian Gaborik, RW, Rangers
- 17. Jordan Eberle, RW, Oilers
- 18. Tyler Seguin, C, Bruins
- 19. Jamie Benn, LW, Stars
NEW YORK TIMES: The controversial decision by Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas not to attend the White House ceremony earlier this week honoring his team’s Stanley Cup Championship for political reasons dogged Thomas at the NHL All-Star draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t think anyone’s surprised that it has. Without much else to report on with the league on a break in the schedule for the All-Star weekend, it was inevitable the press would focus on Thomas’ snub of the White House at the fantasy draft last night.
LA PRESSE: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman claimed three groups are “seriously interested” in purchasing the Phoenix Coyotes and keeping them in Glendale, Arizona.
CANOE.CA: Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs is unhappy over the criticism her city council has received regarding efforts to prevent the Coyotes from moving, suggesting the league prefers Glendale being targeted for criticism as it takes the heat off the NHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t say I blame Scruggs, as she and her council have done all they could to help the league keep the Coyotes in Glendale. As for those three groups Bettman’s referring to, we’ve heard this song and dance before, and it remains to be seen just how seriously interested they are.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline reports it’s never been worse than it has been this season for the Blue Jackets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blue Jackets aren’t in any danger of moving, but they are in danger of alienating their fan base, who’ve had precious little to cheer for over the franchise’s short history. The perception is the front office doesn’t have a clue what it’s doing, and quite frankly, looking at the team’s record in recent years, the evidence suggests that perception is correct.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan makes the case for Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk to win the Hart Trophy this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Datsyuk would certainly be a deserving candidate, but I see it going to either Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin or Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux at this point. We’ll have a better idea who could win it by season’s end.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere examines the state of the Devils at the All-Star Break, and observes that, while Zach Parise’s future with the team appears in limbo, the team won’t move Parise at the trade deadline.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers holdovers Stephen Weiss, Shawn Matthias, Scott Clemmensen, Dmitry Kulikov, Mike Weaver and Jason Garrison are enjoying the best seasons of their careers.