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All-Star Game format still irks Burke

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08:32 AM ET 01.26 | Last year around this time, Phil Kessel suffered the indignity of being chosen last in the All-Star Game's first draft. The Maple Leafs' general manager, Brian Burke, said he did not see why someone had to be singled out as the last man chosen and suggested that the names of the last six players be put into a hat and randomly drawn. "I would have felt the same way had Paul Stastny been chosen last," Burke said Wednesday in an e-mail. "They are all All-Stars. There is no need to embarrass any All-Star." Last year Kessel insisted during the remainder of All-Star weekend that he did not mind being chosen last. Indeed his psyche has emerged intact. He is playing well, entering the break tied for eighth in the league in points with 51.

The New York Times

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January 26, 2012  08:41 AM ET

"Last year around this time, Phil Kessel suffered the indignity of being chosen last in the All-Star Game's first draft."

One of the highlights last season. And after his hot start, Kessel has cooled down somewhat.

January 26, 2012  08:43 AM ET

"Last year around this time, Phil Kessel suffered the indignity of being chosen last in the All-Star Game's first draft."

One of the highlights last season. And after his hot start, Kessel has cooled down somewhat.

January 26, 2012  08:45 AM ET

Sorry about the double post. FN acting up again. Maybe the site knows it'll have to support two Leafs threads today...

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January 26, 2012  08:55 AM ET

What doesn't irk Burke?

What a maroon.

January 26, 2012  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

What doesn't irk Burke?What a maroon.

Good point. Redundant thread.

January 26, 2012  08:57 AM ET
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He's missing a LOT of chances as of late. But he's still going to hit 40 g's, and you can't really ask for more.

Don't count your marshmallows before they're toasted.

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January 26, 2012  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Don't count your marshmallows before they're toasted.

LMAO!!!

His numbers have gone down every month so you have a point, Canuck.

January 26, 2012  09:09 AM ET

"They are all All-Stars. There is no need to embarrass any All-Star."

I actually agree with him to an extent. Not sure some of them are "All Stars," though. Let's face it, it goes by voting, so it is all a "popularity contest" to begin with, but then you get there, and it continues. I remember when Price seemed perturbed being one of the last goalies to be chosen last year. You can tell it gets to them, as they sit down there waiting to be called. Seems great for the audience, not so great for the players.

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January 26, 2012  09:16 AM ET

Its actually kind of fun watching these guys waiting to be picked. They all have colossal egos and those egos just got stroked by having the fans vote them into the ASG. Now they get to see what the players think of them and . . . . reality can be pretty nasty at times.

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January 26, 2012  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

my co-worker's step-mother makes $69 an hour on her knees. She has been without a job for 9 months but last month her paycheck was $7540 just giving BJs for a few hours. Go to this web site and read more Cash4Hos.com

Fixed.

January 26, 2012  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

"They are all All-Stars. There is no need to embarrass any All-Star.

"I actually agree with him to an extent. Not sure some of them are "All Stars," though. Let's face it, it goes by voting, so it is all a "popularity contest" to begin with, but then you get there, and it continues. I remember when Price seemed perturbed being one of the last goalies to be chosen last year. You can tell it gets to them, as they sit down there waiting to be called. Seems great for the audience, not so great for the players.

I thought it would be the next generation of hockey players that all got "participant" ribbons.

January 26, 2012  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

What doesn't irk Burke?What a maroon.

last All-Star chosen... he was still an All-Star. What about the all guys who got snubbed last year? Where is Jurkie's pity party for them?

January 26, 2012  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

How else am I gonna know how many smores to make?

s'mores sound good, I think I have dessert idea for tonight

January 26, 2012  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

last All-Star chosen... he was still an All-Star. What about the all guys who got snubbed last year? Where is Jurkie's pity party for them?

I don't disagree with this either. The whole ASG system is stupid to begin with....

January 26, 2012  09:20 AM ET
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Its actually kind of fun watching these guys waiting to be picked. They all have colossal egos and those egos just got stroked by having the fans vote them into the ASG. Now they get to see what the players think of them and . . . . reality can be pretty nasty at times.

excellent point - the truth hurts more when it comes from your peers

 
January 26, 2012  09:20 AM ET
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So, she doesn't have a job but she was "just working"?

Still puts her ahead of most of the Leafs roster.

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