Goaltender Marc Andre Fleury was selected before teammate Kris Letang in the 1st annual All-Star game fantasy league style draft. Fleury was selected by Team Lidstrom 18th overall and was the 4th goaltender selected in the draft. Defenseman Kris Letang was selected 23rd overall by Team Staal. Letang mentioned when the Detroit Red Wings were in town 10 days ago, that he had hoped to be selected by captain Nik Lidstrom who was someone Letang looked up to when he was younger. Carolina’s Cam Ward was the 1st overall selection and to no surprise was selected by Team Staal. Staal took care of everyone that he needed too, selecting teammates Ward and Jeff Skinner and most importantly, his brother Marc Staal who was selected 13th overall by his brother. Steven Stamkos was selected second overall by Team Lidstrom. Alexander Ovechkin was selected 3rd overall by Team Staal. Toronto’s Phil KesselRead More »
All-Star Voting Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby leads all vote getters in the NHL All-Star Fan Balloting Presented by XM with 118,755 votes. Crosby holds a significant lead in votes for forwards, leading Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin (80,169 votes) by more than 38,000 votes. Crosby’s teammate Evgeni Malkin is 10th among forwards with 56,255 votes. Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is second among vote getters, receiving 82,968 votes. As of today, Crosby, Ovechkin and Chicago’s Jonathan Toews (79,953 votes) would be the three forwards automatically selected to the game along with defensemen Duncan Keith, Nik Lidstrom (80,723 votes) and goaltender Carey Price (71,199 votes). Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos who leads the NHL with 20 goals and is tied for the NHL points lead with 35, is 4th among forwards with 78,833 voters. Voting ends on January 3, 2011 and the All-Star game will take place on January 30, 2011.Read More »
Sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports, the Pittsburgh Penguins covet the 2011 NHL All-Star Game, if the Phoenix Coyotes were to relocate. The team has also notified the NHL of their desire to host the 2013 Game, if the 2011 Game doesn’t open up. Pittsburgh will open the Consol Energy Center in the fall of 2010 and have not hosted the NHL All-Star game since 1990. If the Phoenix Coyotes were to relocate, Pittsburgh would make a bid immediately for the 2011 Game. Other Franchises vying for the 2013 Game are the Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues. The Blues have already notified the league of their interest to host the 2011 game, if the Coyotes relocate. Currently the Phoenix Coyotes are scheduled to host the 2011 All-Star Game with Ottawa expected to host the 2012 All-Star Game. Due to the NHL’s participation in the 2010 Olympics, theRead More »
The Pittsburgh Penguins open their new facility the Consol Energy Center at the start of the 2010-2011 season. Team and county officials have been pushing hard for Pittsburgh to host the All-Star game within the first couple years that the new arena opens. With no All-Star game in 2010 due to the Olympics, Phoenix has already been awarded the 2011 game. Reports in Canada indicate the mid-season celebration is expected to be played at Scotiabank Place in 2012. Senators president Roy Mlakar confirmed this weekend to the press that owner Eugene Melnyk has been promised an all-star game. Pittsburgh who hasn‚Äôt hosted the game since 1990, likely won‚Äôt have the opportunity to host the mid-season celebration until 2013 at the earliest.