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Posted at 1:31 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green talk about the All-Star game

By Katie Carrera

Can Alex Ovechkin top this look from the 2009 All-Star game skills competition in Montreal? (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

This year's All-Star game will feature a format unlike anything the NHL has ever done before. The 42 players named to the All-Star roster will select six players to serve as captains -- a captain and two alternates per team comprised of two forwards and one defenseman on each side.

Those captains and alternates will then pick players in an 18-round fantasy draft on Friday, Jan. 28, to kick off the All-Star weekend in Raleigh, N.C. The teams, which will be named after the last name of those voted as captains, will each have 12 forwards, six defensemen and three goaltenders.

So it's possible that Capitals All-Stars Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green could be playing for opposite squads.

"I hope I'm going to stay on the same team as Greenie, because I don't want to hit him hard," Ovechkin said with a laugh after Washington's morning skate at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.

"There's no hitting in the All-Star game," Green quickly replied.

"Yeah, you can," Ovechkin said with a smile, before discussing the new format. "It's something new; with the new format it's good for fans and for us. If we play East and West everybody knows each other, but we don't play a lot with all the different guys so it's going to be interesting."

Ovechkin will be making his fourth appearance in the All-Star game, while this year will mark Green's first trip to the event. The two-time Norris Trophy candidate says he's looking forward to the weekend.

"This is different for me," Green said. "I've never been there before like Alex has. I'm definitely excited and honored at the same time. I'm just very humbled to be picked for this game and it will be a good experience. [The new format is] back to street hockey days where you split up two guys and they pick teams; I think it's good though. I think it makes it interesting to see who the guys pick and it will be interesting for the fans."

--The NHL also announced the names of 12 rookies, who will participate in the skills competition on Saturday Jan. 29. None of the Capitals' young players made the list, which you can find in its entirety along with the rest of the players named to the All Star game here.

--The league also revealed what the jerseys will look like for the All Star game.

By Katie Carrera  | January 11, 2011; 1:31 PM ET
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, All-Star Game, Mike Green  
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Weird Carlson didn't make the rookie group.

Posted by: larryn703 | January 11, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Not weird that Carlson didn't make it - they had to get every team represented in the weekend BUT there are not enough defense as rookies and both Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin (forwards) got invites.

I am happy resting Carlson for the stretch drive and keeping a Cap secret......"he's pretty good"...a secret.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | January 11, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

There's a rumor that the Thrashers are trying to trade Ben Eager. The Caps really have no need for a wing(and will not likely make a trade with the Thrashers as both teams are competing with each other), but he seems like the type of player some posters on here would like.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 11, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

For those of you that choose to pray, please say one for my family and I. My son's mite hockey team is doing mites on ice at Wells Fargo Center next Tuesday when our Capitals are there. The team was offered a block of tickets and we're all going. Hopefully we will get out alive. I went up there last year but we were able to score a skybox and was able to go up after the 1st. We should be OK because we hit the road to catch the Capitals a lot and we're not in your face fans, home or road, so we tend to get the typically ribbing but nothing drastic. We'll be in NJ on March 18th too.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 11, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse


If the Thrash move Eager thats a plus for us as he is a pain to play against. But yeah I dont see him coming here at all.

If we dont make a move for a 2C the team isnt gonna go far this season. That is the one and only move GMGM needs to focus on. No other trades please.

Posted by: ThePat | January 11, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh, my son is the coach of the mites, not a mite himself. He's a die hard Capitals fan but he told me he isn't going to wear his Caps jersey when he goes down to the bench because he knows the Philthy fans will boo and kids won't understand and assume they are getting booed.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 11, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

If we dont make a move for a 2C the team isnt gonna go far this season. That is the one and only move GMGM needs to focus on. No other trades please.

Posted by: ThePat

I agree 100%. Except I would change "the team isnt gonna go far this season" to "the team isnt LIKELY gonna go far this season" as they would still have a chance, just not nearly as good of one.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 11, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Carlson will get plenty of All Star games with the real teams...glad he can rest...these things are nice for the kid fans, but otherwise useless.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 11, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I still see the Caps getting Arnott. He makes sense and he also has a NTC, so he could deny a trade to Washington but he also could deny a trade to many other places, limiting the Devils ability to trade him.

I know the negatives of Arnott(getting old, maybe not a #2 center any more), but there really are not any other decent centers who likely be available at the deadline.

The Caps are highly unlikely to make a blockbuster move that comprises dealing Semin and other stuff for a group of players.

The deal will likely be some combination of picks, prospects, and/or a decent roster player(I think BGordon) for a center.

The problem right now is that there are not too many pending UFAs centers available for trades, and teams are unlikely to trade away a quality center who is signed through next year at a reasonable salary(i.e. Umberger).

Posted by: sgm3 | January 11, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for an Umberger today.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 11, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Semin. My guess is that he may opt for the KHL next year since he doesn't like to tak in english and hasn't tried to learn it much. Although he does speak a little but not in public. I agree, the Caps can't afford to sind him for any length over 2 or 3 years with so many of the young stars coming off their entry level contracts (Carlson, Varly and others).
Some food for thought and remember, GMGM made one mistake with Nylander's contract and he doesn't want to repeat that mistake again.

Posted by: JMinVA | January 11, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Agree with JMinVA. I don't see this organEYEzation inking Semin to a long-term, high dollar deal. My bet is that unless something extraordinary happens between now and June (fantasize, as your outlook dictates) you can paint Semin a bright shade of gone.

Who knows? Semin leaving opens up another winger spot. You never know who the missing ingredient might be (yes, a solid 2C is needed) until he emerges. Bouchard grades out as capable of going either way (could be a solid, second six NHL forward; or maybe he's a career AHLer). See how he finishes the year at Hershey and give him another shot. With the other youngsters in the pipeline, losing Semin doesn't seem all that bad to me. But I'm the patient type. Been waiting for a Caps' Cup since '74-75....what's a couple more years?

Posted by: prestoj | January 11, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Been waiting for a Caps' Cup since '74-75....what's a couple more years?

I hear ya bro/sis, I hear ya...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | January 11, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse


It would be bro...........bro. Thanks. Last night's loss was particularly ugly. Nice comeback but the penalties were maddening. With the exception of Backstrom's boarding call, the rest looked to me like Caps players simply not moving their feet. For forty minutes an otherwise good effort wasted by sloppy mistakes.

Posted by: prestoj | January 12, 2011 8:45 AM | Report abuse

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