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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 01/18/2011

Eric Staal, Nicklas Lidstrom named NHL All-Star captains

By Lindsay Applebaum

The players have spoken, and Carolina's Eric Staal and Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom will be the captains for the NHL All-Star game in Raleigh.

Staal, playing on home ice, and Lidstrom, a 19-year veteran, will select teams live at 8 p.m. (VERSUS) on Jan. 28.

From the NHL's news release:

The NHL All-Star teams are now designated as Team Staal and Team Lidstrom. Team Staal will wear the previously unveiled white Reebok NHL All-Star jerseys, helmets and socks, with red trim throughout and red gloves and pants. Team Lidstrom will wear the dark blue jerseys with royal blue trim, navy blue helmets, gloves and pants and navy blue socks. The All-Star jerseys feature Reebok's trademark Smoothfit numbering and lettering, created from a special process that provides lighter, stretch-based performance and the ability to include a unique design on the back numbers.

Four alternate captains, two for each team, will be named later this month. The captain and alternate captains for Team Staal and Team Lidstrom will consist of two forwards and one defenseman.

By Lindsay Applebaum  | January 18, 2011; 10:20 AM ET
Categories:  All-Star Game  
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Comments

They will soothe Cindy's feelings by putting him with team Staal as an alternate.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 18, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

@sgm from last thread

This was posted yesterday on Twitter by Dmitry Chesnokov
#Caps prospect Kuznetsov re: playing for WAS next yr:"These r just rumors. It's 2 early 4 me 2 play in the NHL. I have a contract w/Traktor"

Sounds to me like he doesn't think he will be here next year. Either that our this was his Russian team's beatwriter and he was trying to keep their fans off him.


My favorite quote about the whole Sid thing is from Larry Brooks at the New York Post. He was asking where Crosby was about protecting players when his teammate almost ended Savard's career.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 18, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

@icehammer

you are right and even if Kuznetsov came over here, I doubt he'd be playing in DC anyway. Just because he was great at juniors doesnt mean much. Add that to the fact that it has taken MaJo roughly half the season to get acclimated, I cant see the organization wanting to do that 2 seasons in a row.

Posted by: ThePat | January 18, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

you are right and even if Kuznetsov came over here, I doubt he'd be playing in DC anyway. Just because he was great at juniors doesnt mean much. Add that to the fact that it has taken MaJo roughly half the season to get acclimated, I cant see the organization wanting to do that 2 seasons in a row.

Posted by: ThePat

My thinking is that he will either be with the Caps or in Russia, that he will not come over to play in Hershey.

My guess would be that the Caps would want Kuznetsov over here with access to all of the Caps facilities for the year as that could be better for his development(they could watch over his weight training, training on the ice, etc.).

There would obviously be an adjustment period, but I think the Caps would be willing to take that on as the later benefits would be good. If he waited an extra year, there still would be an adjustment period.

He wouldn't come over here with pressure on him to perform, he would be getting 4th line minutes to begin, and maybe some special teams time and as his game developed he would get more time.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 18, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Atlanta traded Ben Eager to the Sharks

Posted by: ThePat | January 18, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Atlanta traded Ben Eager to the Sharks

Posted by: ThePat

Interesting. For what? I had read that Atlanta was looking to get rid of Eager.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 18, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

once he comes here he will be in Hershey, especially if they plan on playing him at Center. They aren't going to go through this again. Every 1st rounder has pressure on him to perform so you cant say he wouldnt and the fact that you then say a top 6 F ultimately would get 4th line minutes. Sorry but none of that makes any sense.

Posted by: ThePat | January 18, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

5th rounder.

Posted by: ThePat | January 18, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Pat,

Who are the Caps gonna get before the deadline?

Posted by: Iceman27 | January 18, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

once he comes here he will be in Hershey, especially if they plan on playing him at Center. They aren't going to go through this again. Every 1st rounder has pressure on him to perform so you cant say he wouldnt and the fact that you then say a top 6 F ultimately would get 4th line minutes. Sorry but none of that makes any sense.

Posted by: ThePat

If you don't think that will happen that is fine, but it makes plenty of sense.

When young players come over and play for good teams they often get 4th line minutes. Meaning maybe about 10-12 minutes a game, just like MJ.

The reason Kuznetsov won't play in the AHL next year is because he doesn't want to. Kuznetsov has bargainning leverage in that he can sign a deal, similar to MJ's, in that he either plays for the Caps or he has the right to go back to Russia.

That then puts the Caps in a corner because they have to choose between having Kuznetsov over here for the entire year so the Caps can assist with all aspects of his development, but then he has to be on the Caps roster, or to send Kuznetsov back to Russia.

I think the Caps will agree to have Kuznetsov stay on the Caps roster and play him about 10-12 minutes a game to start off. He will not have to much pressure because he the pressure is always on guys like Ovie, Backstrom, Semin(if he is still here), Green, and Carlson. He will probably be scratched some games and will start playing more as his game improves.

If anything, I think the MJ starts to succeed over here it makes the Caps much more likely to do a similar sort of thing. It's looking like MJ's game is progressing very well and he is starting to turn into a solid NHL player on the verge of becoming good.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 18, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3 I am almost positive the MJ90 issue was just a mistake and it was cleared up at the start of the season and that it was the Caps option and they could have sent him to the A.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 18, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

You'd be right on your statement if the Caps let players sign contracts like that. The fact is MaJo never signed that type of contract. It was a complete rumor and fabrication, even GMGM came out and said it was not true and they wouldn't allow for that to be part of a contract. So do a little more reasearch before you say stuff. If MaJo continues to progress it is even more of a reason to let Kuznetsov get seasoning in Hershey because they won't need him right away.

@iceman27

Nick, not sure. They were talking to a Western team from the middle part of the country that is not Columbus. But they arent talking any more. I'll email you.

Posted by: ThePat | January 18, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

You'd be right on your statement if the Caps let players sign contracts like that. The fact is MaJo never signed that type of contract. It was a complete rumor and fabrication, even GMGM came out and said it was not true and they wouldn't allow for that to be part of a contract. So do a little more reasearch before you say stuff. If MaJo continues to progress it is even more of a reason to let Kuznetsov get seasoning in Hershey because they won't need him right away.

Posted by: ThePat

You do know that Kuznetsov can choose to not sign a contract unless he gets an assurance that he will be on the Caps next year. You do know that is possible and likely.

You do know that Kuznetsov has stated that he would be interested in playing for the Caps next year but not their farm team. He specifically stated he has NO interest in playing for the Caps farm team next year. You do know that don't you.

Kuzetnsov can say, and more than likely will, that he will only come over if he is on the Caps roster, if not he will not sign a contract with the Caps and remain in Russia.

What then?

Posted by: sgm3 | January 18, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

Yup I know Kuznetsov can choose not to sign that type of contract. Then the Caps will try to trade his rights. Or admit they made a mistake and stop drafting Russians. The type of player you just described is the type of player that is a locker room cancer.

Posted by: ThePat | January 18, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Yup I know Kuznetsov can choose not to sign that type of contract. Then the Caps will try to trade his rights. Or admit they made a mistake and stop drafting Russians. The type of player you just described is the type of player that is a locker room cancer.

Posted by: ThePat

You can think that, that is fine. I strongly disagree.

IMO, I think it is more likely than not that he will start on the Caps roster next year.

I would say there is a 60% chance of him being on the Caps roster, 39% chance of him being in Russia, and a 1% chance of him being in Hershey(only if Kuznetsov has a change of mind about what he wants to do).

IMO, I think it would be best, in the short term and in the long term, if Kuzentsov started the year on the Caps roster.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 18, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

Thanks for giving me permission to think that.

You can strongly disagree. You've done so before and been wrong plenty of times before, I am sure you are used to it all by now. Enjoy your day.

Posted by: ThePat | January 18, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

ok, sorry to change the subject, but take a look at the link below if you have time. espn NHL insider is reporting that Sidney Crosby might boycott the All-Star game because the league isn't protecting the players from head shots.

http://insider.espn.go.com/nhl/features/rumors

Now, I don't like Crosby, but this season he was making a believer out of me: Winning games for his team, scoring like a mad man, seeming to say and act like a professional.

The he does this and I back to thinking he is a little whiny baby. Seriously? When other players are hurt by his team mates, he says nothing. When he gets a mild concussion (no laughing matter and a serious thing indeed) he pouts and basically says if he can't have his way, he's gonna take his homemade hockey goal and go home.

Does anyone on here think this is ridiculous? Any Pens fans out there, please have your say. I want to talk about this in a meaningful and productive way. No name calling. I will be civil.

Posted by: jmurray019 | January 18, 2011 12:05 PM | Report abuse

DJ King is playing tonight

Posted by: ThePat | January 18, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

HELL YEAH they are freeing DJK

Posted by: _stevo | January 18, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Sharks also scooped Kyle Wellwood off of re-entry waivers. St Louis fails again, first Svatos, now Wellwood.

Posted by: ThePat | January 18, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

@steveo

Katie reported on her twitter he was on the IR bc of a bad bone bruise to his foot. Took a shot in practice.

Posted by: ThePat | January 18, 2011 12:15 PM | Report abuse

@murry

Oh man! I hope he does it! that would be so hialrious! I doubt he will though...he would lose so much respect from the players. And he is one to talk when Matt Cooke is on his team!

Posted by: capscoach | January 18, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I highly doubt that GMGM will for one second even think about trading Kuz's rights. Not after his performance in the WJC - just look at the list of 18yr-olds who've dominated that tournament, it is a strong one. That Canada team was loaded for bear, esp. after last year, 15 1st-rounders, and smoked a very good USA team [which in turn defeated 'the strongest team in years' Sweden had fielded]. And in a very hostile environment, no less.

His stock rose higher than any other player, and GMGM doesn't seem to cotton to criticism, which he'd surely field. If we know anything about GMGM it's that he's cautious - and I doubt he's eager to go down as the GM 'who traded away Kuznetzov.'

And can we stop with the 'playing against jrs' line, which is patently false - the K is the 2nd best league in the world, it is a far cry from the W or even the O. He is playing against grown men, and professionals.

And the MaJo comparison does not really hold up, IMO. MaJo never dominated at any level, not the way Kuznetzov has, and against much stronger competition.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 18, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

1) why does Green continue to get PP time?
2) why is 85 still here?
3) why does OV not play in front of net more?
4) why does BB continue to juggle lines like a clown juggling balls?
5) why will GMGM not make a move to improve this team?
6) why does BB put his money where his (big) mouth is and sit/cut time from players that are not producing?


I feel sorry for Knuble. We will need both Lumberjack and DJK tonight. Flyers are going to be brutal.

Posted by: doughless | January 18, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

@timbo1

Im not saying to trade his rights. Unless he comes out demanding stupid stuff about his contract like sgm3 suggested. I have only seen him play in the juniors, I have not see him play a KHL game.

And im not comparing his game to MaJo. Just saying that the club isn't likely to put another young Center right in the lineup. I have said all along they are more likely to play him at wing. But even still they will want him playing in Hershey at first.

It really doesnt matter bc he is going to stay in Russia next year and fulfill his contract.

Posted by: ThePat | January 18, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Send Kuznetsov, Orlov, and Eakin to Hershey ASAP. If not at the end of this year, then definitely at the start of next year. There is no need to rush any of them to the NHL before they are ready. Hershey is the best place for them to get used to North American hockey and the Caps' system.

Posted by: zmega | January 18, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Southeast Division Rivals squaring off as opposing Captains, I like it.

Posted by: bdowder6 | January 18, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Katie reported on her twitter he was on the IR bc of a bad bone bruise to his foot. Took a shot in practice.

Posted by: ThePat


If that is really the case he would not have been able to fully participate in practice I wouldn't think. I think the players association should look into that a little bit, it is my belief that he was never hurt and it was just BB being his usual stubborn self.

Posted by: PhilR | January 18, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Is Knuble out tonight?

Posted by: capscoach | January 18, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

doesn't GMGM put guys on IR?

Posted by: capscoach | January 18, 2011 1:07 PM | Report abuse

i am feeling sorry for Knuble because he is having to play on first of second line with guys that don't appear to be trying very hard.

Posted by: doughless | January 18, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

@doughless

1)last game Carlson replaced Green on the PP and boom goal! don't be surprised if Carlson and Green continue to split PP time like they've been doing most of the season ALSO green has 5 PP goals this season, the real question is why is Ovie still manning the point, put him down low

2)because before his nsoe got broken he was the only consistent thing here, he's fiesty, gritty and creates great scoring chances with his speed.

3)again if you've been watching games lately you'd notice he has been crashing the net more, screening the goalie, pushing with the D men

4)because none of our lines are producing, and the injuries make it impossible not to.

5)first i will say blockbuster trades before the deadline are overrated. 2nd what trades would you like to see before you start pointing fingers, personally I dont see any players I'd like to move, or get that would make this group of players better, they just need to get it going and click because we have an amazing team right here that just doesn't seem to be working well together now.

6)it's a double edged sword. Ovie has been working his butt off in games, but nothing is going in, you sit a guy for that? no. semin has been lazy and taking bad penalities pre usual, but he's injured so...knuble hasn't been getting much lately so he's moved to another line, same with backie, BB HAS been rewarding those who produce, i.e. Laich and Marjo and moving them up on lines hence cutting down the roles/mins of the guys who were there b4...

in conclusion. shut up and watch a game

Posted by: capsfan387 | January 18, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

@capsfan387 @doughless

Ovi was off the point on the PP on Sunday. Green and Carlson manned the points. Ovi was down in front of the goal.

Posted by: ThePat | January 18, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

capsfan387:

thanks for your "civil" (non)response. FYI, I watch the games. from your response, not sure i can say the same of you.

have a good day!

Posted by: doughless | January 18, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Sharks also scooped Kyle Wellwood off of re-entry waivers. St Louis fails again, first Svatos, now Wellwood.

Posted by: ThePat
----
Maybe we could send them DJ King for a young grinding forward... I hear that SDR kid might have a chance... :-|

Regarding Kuznetsov... no need to rush him, or Eakin, or Orlov... let them incubate in the A when they get here... god knows that Hershey could use the help!

Posted by: FrankM73 | January 18, 2011 3:46 PM | Report abuse

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