Couldn't they be invited as "special guests" if they don't make it via regular means?
Chara will be voted a starter anyway. As for the others I think the press and the league will make it happen. They need the show too. Speaking of the west I wouldn't know whom clearly to vote besides Chara...
It's pretty much the same as in the NHL. Homerish fans are voting all day long. Look at the east. Omsk seems to have a lot of ppl with a lot of time on their hands.
Yeah, I hate that crap. For me, it's fun just to select once and that's it. I don't really care whether my candidates make it or not, and it'd be fun to just see what the majority thinks. I know that's a pipe dream, and there's no way you can make it one vote per person, though.
btw, you can vote multi-times per day if using different browsers.
You can vote countless times per hour even using the same browser, as long as you clear the browser cache after each vote (which in some browsers is just the press of a button). Looks like there are fans fanatical enough to be doing this.
It's the typical fan voting. It doesn't represent anything in the right proportions. Look an the Minsk and Omsk players numbers. I love my team too, but I still try to vote players who deserve it. A lot of ppl just vote a hundred times for only players from their team. I bet Hedman will be voted by the media or the league anyway.