And that will lead us back into the greater issue of "who is the All-Star Game played for? Is it for the fans to see their favorites, or for the players to be honored for their play on the ice? Is it for a young player who had a hot start over the longtime veteran, never honored, who's near the end of his career?"
It was made quite obvious when Ovechkin has been nominated the last 2 season with sub-par points. It's all about showcasing all the big names. If you're a famous player and you have let's say 45 points and you're a reasonably unknown player who has scored 60 points that season. No way in hell (if it's down to those two) does the less known player get to play instead of the star. That's just the way it is.
Look at James Neal and Ovechkin last season for instance.
Provided Prospal doesn't get injured and remains a regular player on the Jackets squad, he should probably be at the top of the list.
Over 1000 games in the NHL and he seems like he has the respect of other players and fans around the league. We could probably easily persuade Tampa Bay and Rangers fans (maybe Philly) to stuff the ballot box on his behalf. It would be a good sendoff for a player who has left nothing on the table during his career.
Given all the talk about how he goes full-tilt in practices, I could see him playing at regular game intensity during the All-star game which would be kind of interesting to see.
In my opinion the NHL All Star game is a farce and should be reclassified as an exhibition by some pretty good hockey players and some guys who get in because the fans stuffed the ballot box. Anything resembling NHL hockey will be purely coincidental.
Hopefully, if they haven't already done so, the NFL bags the Pro Bowl.
The NBA All-Star game is nothing more than playground ball with no attempt on defense.
I guess ALL-Star games are ok for those who enjoy them, but to me I could care less.
And I get it, that with today's salaries no player wants to be hurt or hurt another in a meaningless exhibition.