James (polkaroo79) wrote in nhl2004,

All Star Game, and Other Updates

Sorry for the lack of delays. I could say it was for personal reasons, but personal reasons = laziness.

The reality is it was a combination of depression from those $#@*$@s at the NHL and NHLPA screwing the season, and a serious amount of games to catch up on. I can't seem to get to those, so I'm going to skip them and maybe I'll do write-ups at a later day. But at least now you'll continue to get your updates.

Using the NHL's stupid rules of including at least one All Star from every team, the following lists were composed. I'm sorry if some of the picks didn't make it, I tried to get as many picks in there as possible, but blame the NHL's stupidity. I know I'm cursing them every chance I get.

Speaking of which, sorry if you've seen this before, but if you haven't, check it out:

Man uses obituary to take parting shot at 'skunks' who took away his passion

Archibald "Archie" Bennitz passed away this week, but the big hockey fan, who was 84, didn't go quietly after having to put up with the indignity of an NHL lockout.

In fact, the former Royal Canadian Air Force mechanic, who was stationed in London during the Second World War, had NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and players union leader Bob Goodenow in his sights before he died, and let go a volley at the two that he told his son, David, could be repeated in his obituary.

"He asked that Mr. Bettman and Mr. Goodenow know that they are 'skunks' for denying him the pleasure of watching the NHL on TV this year," read his death notice in yesterday's Citizen. "He also asked that Mr. Bettman step aside and give Wayne Gretzky the job that rightfully belongs to him."

Note: National Post link so this story will eventually be archived. So if you want to read the whole thing, do it now :)

Arranged by conference, then position, then alphabetical order.

Western Conference:

Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit Dead Wings
Patrick Marleau, C, San Jose Sharks
Joe Sakic, C, Colorado Avalanche
The Sedin (formerly known as the sissy twins), C, Vancouver Canucks

Eric Daze, RW, Chicago Blackhawks
Shane Doan, RW, Phoenix Coyotes
Marian Gaborik, RW, Minnesota Wild
Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary Flames

Rick Nash, LW, Columbus Blue Jackets (yes, they have a team)
Markus Naslund, LW, Vancouver Canucks
Ryan Smyth, LW, Edmonton Oilers
Steve Sullivan, LW, Nashville Predators

Rob Blake, D, Colorado Avalanche
Chris Chelios, D, Detroit Dead Wings
Mattias Norstrom, D, Los Angeles Kings
Chris Pronger, D, St. Louis Blues
Marek Zidlicky, D, Nashville Predators
Jordan Leopold, D, Calgary Flames

That Jiggy Guy, G, Anaheim Mighty Ducks
Marty Turco, G, Dallas Stars
Tomas Vokoun, G, Nashville Predators (and no, you can't vote for him three times :P)

Eastern Conference:

Vincent LeCavalier, C, Tampa Bay Lightning
Mario Lemieux, C, Pittsburgh Penguins
Mats Sundin, C, Toronto Maple Leafs
Joe Thornton, C, Boston Bruins

Dany Heatley, RW, Atlanta Thrashers
Marian Hossa, RW, Ottawa Senators
Jaromir Jagr, RW, New York Rangers
Martin St. Louis, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning

Rod Brind'Amour, LW, Carolina Hurricanes
Simon Gagne, LW, Philadelphia Flyers
Ilya Kovalchuk, LW, Atlanta Thrashers
Youppi!, LW, Montreal Canadiens

Jay Bouwmeester, D, Florida Panthers
Steve Eminger, D, Washington Capitals (It's really hard to find a Caps star)
Sergei Gonchar, D, Boston Bruins
Bryan McCabe, D, Toronto Maple Leafs
Scott Niedermeyer, D, New Jersey Devils
Alexei Zhitnik, D, Buffalo Sabres

Ed Belfour, Gl, Toronto Maple Leafs
Martin Brodeur, G, New Jersey Devils
Rick DiPietro, G, New York Islanders
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