NHL All-Star Game Balloting

Evidently, fans of the Montreal Canadiens are intent upon engineering an All-Star Game opening lineup that is entirely made up of Les Habitants.   In the fan voting for the Eastern Conference starters as of December 4, five of the six were Canadiens as a result of Montreal fans stuffing the virtual ballot box at http://vote.nhl.com.  Now, I expected better from Canadiens’ fans, who certainly know their hockey.  I would expect them to use that knowledge to vote for the best players as one would expect to see in an all-star game rather than just vote for the home team.  I mean, Carey Price is the goalie right now even though his goals-against average puts him about 15th in the league.

Adding to the impending injustice is that Flyers’ forward Jeff Carter isn’t even on the ballot.  Let’s see, who leads the league in goals?  Um, oh imagine that, it’s Jeff Carter. (Actually he’s tied for the lead with 18).  Simon Gagne, the fourth leading scorer in the league with 31 points, is another Flyer who could merit a starting spot.  Fortunately, there is the capability to write in a player on the voting form and fans can vote as often as they like.  Go to http://vote.nhl.com, put aside homerism, and vote for those who you think are the best players.  I would argue that Carter deserves a write-in vote for his excellent play and scoring this year.  See an earlier post for more information.

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2 Responses to “NHL All-Star Game Balloting”

  1. Fantastic and astute observation. Montreal was the gold standard for NHL franchises… emphasis on WAS.

    Truly knowledgeable fans would, with all sincerity, vote for the most deserving players for the All-Star game. Perhaps this taints the reputation of the “knowledgeable Montreal fans”? Or perhaps the league feels a need to placate the Quebecois? After last year’s playoff refereeing atrocities committed in favor of Les Habitants, you would figure that enough is enough for the NHL.

    The NHL sure does love its Canadiens. Who am I to stand in the way of their love fest?

  2. […] The Orange and Black Attack has a great post on the fairness of the all-star balloting, and believes that Jeff deserves a write-in vote! […]

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