OT-Vote for Howard for 2012 All-Star Game

Submitted by weasel3216 on December 20th, 2011 at 6:55 PM

2012 NHL All-Star Game voting is underway currently at http://vote.nhl.com/:b=firefox8/#/ballot.  I know All-Star games suck, but it is still cool for the players to be named to the teams.

Anyways, Jimmy Howard is currently in 5th place for goalies, what is a bigger insult is that Howard is not even on the ballot and is required to be a write-in vote.  Howard is currently leading the NHL in wins this season, so fuck you NHL for leaving him off the ballot.  Datsyuk is currently in 9th in forwards (Crosby is in 3rd, and has played like 2 or 3 games this season) and Hank is in 14th place.  Lidstrom is currently in 4th for D-Men.

So calling all Wings fans, you can vote up to 30 times online.  You do have to register (just use an old email address), but you don't have to reselect the players each vote they stay selected if you click "vote again."

Comments

Wolverine Devotee

December 20th, 2011 at 7:22 PM ^

When the hell is the all-star game ever gonna come back to Detroit? I know it's not exactly the most inviting city for other fans and JLA is getting to be pretty dumpy on the inside, but at least bring it here before the Wings move out of JLA.

Jmilan

December 20th, 2011 at 8:40 PM ^

I feel like the skills competition is the only thing remotely entetaining to watch. With that being said, Jimmy I believe leads the league in wins and the Wings are rolling thats enough for me instead of seeing him play a period in a game where he is just gonna get hung out to dry because the defense in those games are just atrocious (sp?)

Seth9

December 20th, 2011 at 8:53 PM ^

I have no issue with the All Star Game being a popularity contest. It is a meaningless game during which nobody attempts to play hard. It's sole purpose is to be entertaining for the fans, especially in the new format where you can see things like the Sedin twins play against each other. So why does it matter if the fans vote to watch undeserving players, since that's who they want to se?

weasel3216

December 20th, 2011 at 9:30 PM ^

I think my problem is the name, it is called the All-Star Game, but yet it doesn't put the best players in the league against each other.    All-Star games used to have a certain nastalgia to them, but in the past 20 years or so the games have lost this and mean little is anything to fans anymore.   I view it more as a Fantasy Game, which the NHL did acknoweldge last year in Carolina. 

For example, Alfredsson, Spezza, and Michalek are currently ranked 2nd, 4th, and 6th in All-Star voting.  Here are the stats for the three (G,A,P,+/-): Alfredsson 9, 12, 21, -1.  Spezza 12, 24, 36, -4.  Michalek 19, 6, 25, -5.  All three players play for Ottawa (host of All-Star Game) and all have a minus rating.  On the opposite end of the spectrum Datsyuk stats 10, 23, 33, 8.  Steven Stamkos 20, 17, 37, 12.  Ryan Kesler 8, 16, 24, 8.   These players are ranked 9th, 18th, and 24th. 

The stats just don't make any sense to me as 3 of the top 6 forwards have a minus rating, all three from the host city.  If the NHL decided to change the name to the 2012 NHL Fantasy Game, or somethin to that extent. 

Another idea is have a fan selected team faceoff against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, in that years determined host city (This year being NHL vs Boston).  I think this was actually done years ago for the All-Star Game.

stmccoy

December 20th, 2011 at 9:49 PM ^

Jimmy Howard not being on the ballot is a crock.  Datsyuk should be in the All Star game for being the best two way forward in the game in my opinion and Nicky Lidstrom should be an automatic for being Nicky Lidstrom and one of the easiest first ballot Hall of Fame selections in 20 years.

Rant Over.

Number 7

December 20th, 2011 at 10:05 PM ^

I fully expected to read an argument for why Juwan should receive the nod in this year's NBA All-Star game.  I would assume the argument would have something to do with longevity, or with being a way to acknowledge that the NBA is the steaming pile that it is. 

But yeah, I'd vote for Jimmy AND Juwan.