Would've said Gonchar but he's out. My guess would be Rafalski because of the whole "keep the # of reps per team intact" thing from the NHL.
Anyone know who Bettman's picks were? I thought the Commish would get picks for players who gave a service to hockey. Someone like Yzerman, but he's not there so there goes my theory...
I'd say Chara, he deserves to go more than most people, but the Sens have two in the game plus one in the young stars game..
They do? I believe Alfie, Hossa and Redden are in the big game and Spezza got snubbed for the Young Stars.
Who was it you thought was in the Young Stars, kmad?
Anyway, good point about Chara - if the Sens have too many, I'd rather have seen him go than Redden - he fits the Allstar game stuff better with his hard shot and his height. More interesting for the fans.
I think Chara deserves it. The guy leads the NHL in plus minus (and this time the stat is telling), he's got 28 points, 11 of them goals, and he's playing physical, shut down hockey. He should be there over Redden, and with MacInnis out, could win the hardest shot competition if he's there. That being said, four players from one team may be unlikely.
Souray is in. With Gonchar injured, Ottawa already sending 3 players, and Toronto sending 2 players, NJ should have Rafalski to replace Stevens, as all 3 NJ players were voted in. Poti replaced Leetch as NYR's sole representative last year, but I believe he also may have been leading D in scoring at the time of his selection. I could see making a case for Tarnstrom, just to represent Pittsburgh, and being that I think this may be his only chance. Rafalski was selected in 2002 for the North American roster, but was replaced by Chelios due to injury. Nashville and Phoenix were not represented last year.