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08:40 AM ET 01.20 | Let the games begin: The NHL has named its captains for the NHL All-Star Game, which will feature a draft of players. Eric Staal will have some interesting decisions to make. Does he select his brother? What about his goaltender, Cam Ward, in a move that would put both of the hometown players on the same team? ... "For me, I think [friendships] are going to play a pretty big part," Staal said. "You want to enjoy the weekend together but there are obviously some guys I know on a personal level more than others, and when it comes down to it in the draft everyone here is an All-Star and a great player so there might be some leaning toward friendships, but we'll see what happens."

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January 20, 2011  09:02 AM ET

Duh.

January 20, 2011  09:10 AM ET

Staal said. "When it comes down to it in the draft everyone here is an All-Star."

Sadly, not quite everyone Eric. Maybe you should check some stats. :-)

January 20, 2011  09:31 AM ET

I'm a pimp, you can check my stats
An' rollin' a Fleetwood, that's how I Mac

January 20, 2011  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'm a pimp, you can check my stats
An' rollin' a Fleetwood, that's how I Mack

LOL - My two favourite lines.

I'm in it to win it like Yzerman,
Can drink about 15 Heinekins.

January 20, 2011  09:40 AM ET
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Staal said. "When it comes down to it in the draft everyone here is an All-Star."Sadly, not quite everyone Eric. Maybe you should check some stats. :-)

You got that right...Kessel, Elias -- puhlease...Backes I can accept.

January 20, 2011  09:48 AM ET

I have not even watched an allstar shinny skatearound in years-what is the point of the game??? Is it our only chance to see the men play the womens style of game? Seriously-the last one i endured was one of those North America vs the World deals-massive title-little real hockey.

January 20, 2011  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I have not even watched an allstar shinny skatearound in years-what is the point of the game??? Is it our only chance to see the men play the womens style of game? Seriously-the last one i endured was one of those North America vs the World deals-massive title-little real hockey.

The latest was that they want to somehow make the game competitive which brought out this marvelous suggestion -- East vs West with the winning side getting home-ice for the Cup finals.
First, that's what the regular season is for and second, this ain't baseball. DUMB

January 20, 2011  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

The latest was that they want to somehow make the game competitive which brought out this marvelous suggestion -- East vs West with the winning side getting home-ice for the Cup finals.First, that's what the regular season is for and second, this ain't baseball. DUMB

There is a comedic beauty in it though....Gary Buttman following in the footsteps and emulating Butt Selig-ya just can't make something that profoundly moronic up.

January 20, 2011  10:14 AM ET

Kinda like a shut out or a no-hitter I didn't want to mention the lack of spam the last couple days. It was nice while it lasted. Sigh.

January 20, 2011  11:57 AM ET

Been so long I can't even remember specifics.

Baseball is just about the only major sport that should have an allstar game. And I still wouldn't watch it.

January 20, 2011  12:06 PM ET

I pretty much hate all the all-star games. They are a waste of time. The Pro bowl and NHL games have to be the worst....you take very aggressive and physical games and then turn them into absolute **** fests. At least baseball can still play the game as it was intended. Don't even get me started on the **** show called the NBA All-star weekend...

January 20, 2011  12:34 PM ET

Seeing as how these athletes make millions, I say they play all year and do what ever dog and pony show is drummed up. If you don't like it, Pizza Hut is always hiring drivers.

January 20, 2011  01:09 PM ET
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I think the last one for me was when Ray Bourque was playing. And that wasn't for the game it was for the skills competition. I remember when MacInnes blew everybodies door off in the slapshot contest and Bourque would always win the accuracy thing hitting those styrofoam frisbees.

This will curdle poor canucks breakfast but i remember an ASG many years back they had the skills portion and a Maple Leaf?????? won the speed skating part of it.I can't remember who it was but man o man was he flying.B.Salming perhaps ???? ....as Homer would say "STUPID BRAIN"

January 20, 2011  01:38 PM ET
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This might flack up your steak-on-a- stick lunch but there was a Leaf that won the slapshot contest. Can't remember his name but I think he was a bit of a wing nut.

Al Iafrate?

January 20, 2011  01:41 PM ET
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This might flack up your steak-on-a- stick lunch but there was a Leaf that won the slapshot contest. Can't remember his name but I think he was a bit of a wing nut.

And I think Charlie Manson won it once too.

January 20, 2011  01:42 PM ET

Here's a thought.
Why doesn't the NHL award 2 pts to each eastern or western conference team(depending on who wins) so this game means something?
Each teams gm could submit 1 goalie ,forward and d man,and then all the gm's pick the teams from that list.
Sorry,but fans should not be allowed to vote as most homers turn it into a popularity contest.

January 20, 2011  01:44 PM ET
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Here's a thought.Why doesn't the NHL award 2 pts to each eastern or western conference team(depending on who wins) so this game means something?Each teams gm could submit 1 goalie ,forward and d man,and then all the gm's pick the teams from that list.Sorry,but fans should not be allowed to vote as most homers turn it into a popularity contest.

Good luck getting it changed.

January 20, 2011  02:32 PM ET
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Al Iafrate?

Bingo !!!!

January 20, 2011  02:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#23):

Bingo !!!!

Wow. I hadn't thought of Al in a while. Great skater, fast and with a Hall of Fame shot...........sometimes not playing with a completely full deck but I always liked him.

 
January 20, 2011  03:00 PM ET
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Wow. I hadn't thought of Al in a while. Great skater, fast and with a Hall of Fame shot...........sometimes not playing with a completely full deck but I always liked him.

Agreed! Sadly now Toronto has sane players, but a GM not playing with a full deck

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