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As many of you might know, the NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa is fast approaching. As many of you may not know, the NHL does their All Star Game a little differently. The League sets two captains, and those captains participate in a fantasy drafts to pick their own rosters. This year will feature Team Zdeno Chara and Joffrey Lupul vs Team Daniel Alfredsson and Henrik Lundqvist.

The NHL announced the roster a few weeks ago for the January 29th matinee, much of which features the leagues star talents (Ovechkin, Perry, Stamkos) while also acknowledging some of the seasons positive stories (Lupul, Wideman, Elliott). However, many talents within the league remain absent from the roster, some by choice and other just because of lack of recognition. Which makes us here at SK Nation beg the quesiton: Who chooses these rosters anyway?

Forwards (24)

Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators (First Vote) (ALL STAR CAPTAIN)
Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators (First Vote)
Milan Michalek, Ottawa Senators (First Vote)
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Tyler Seguin, Boston Bruins
Jason Pominville, Buffalo Sabres
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs (TEAM CHARA ASSISTANT CAPTAIN)
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Defensemen (12)

Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators (First Vote)
Dion Phaneuf, Toronto Maple Leafs (First Vote)
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins (ALL STAR CAPTAIN)
Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers
Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Dan Girardi, New York Rangers
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers
Keith Yandle, Phoenix Coyotes
Alex Edler, Vancouver Canucks
Dennis Wideman, Washington Capitals
Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets

Goaltenders (6)

Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins (First Vote)
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers (TEAM ALFREDSSON ASSISTANT CAPTAIN)
Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues

Rookies (12)

Luke Adam, Buffalo Sabres
Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes
Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche
Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers
Craig Smith, Nashville Predators
Adam Henrique, New Jersey Devils
Adam Larsson, New Jersey Devils
Colin Greening, Ottawa Senators
Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers
Matt Read, Philadelphia Flyers
Cody Hodgson, Vancouver Canucks

Now most of these guys I understand. But here is where I don’t get it: zero representation from the New Jersey Devils? Sure, they’re not having the best year in their 30-year history but names like Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise do stick out at you. At least they get some recognition in the Rookies category.

Aside from the snubs from this roster, the NHL All Star Game definitely needs a change. According to multiple reports, Nick Lidstrom and Teemu Selanne both were chosen by the NHL to be attend the All Star festivities, but both declined and decided to take the weekend to rest. Many players have followed suit and has caused a great dilemma within the NHL. Why would a player who plays 82 games a season decide to fly to Ottawa and run around all weekend at the All Star Game? Wouldn’t they rather try to take advantage of that weekend off to get some rest before the final month and a half of the season?  The NHL needs to make the All Star Game more important, but also, it needs to make incentives that make the players want to attend the All Star Game. Right now it seems like more of a hassle.

So what’s the answer? Should players be allowed to decline participation in the All Star Game if they feel they really need a rest? How can the league make the All Star Game more appealing to not only fans, but to players as well.

Or, is the All Star Game just another pointless game that the NHL should consider taking away?


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