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Posted at 1:48 PM ET, 01/22/2011

Mike Green discusses the all star fantasy draft

By Katie Carrera

As an alternate captain for the All Star Game Mike Green will make his first foray into serving as a general manager along with fellow alternate captain Ryan Kessler and captain Eric Staal at the fantasy draft on Friday Jan. 28 in Raleigh.

Green said Saturday morning that he hasn't heard from players lobbying to be a top draft pick and said that it will be a three-man job in selecting the team.

"We'll see how it goes. We'll obviously have to discuss [a draft plan] once we get there," Green said. "I'll put my info in on certain things. I obviously have a lot of the forwards coming down on me, so I'll have some inside scoops on their tendencies and if we need them or not."

As for whether he might try to nudge Staal and Kesler toward picking Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin early, Green only said that he wouldn't mind lining up against the two-time Hart Trophy winner if that were the case.

"I'd love for him to come down on me but it's all up for what Staalsy and Kesler want too," Green said. "I think it's a decision the three of us have to make, not just one guy. We'll see how it pans out."

By Katie Carrera  | January 22, 2011; 1:48 PM ET
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, All-Star Game, Mike Green  
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mmmm. So many ways to take Green's remark.
Does he mean it as a test for his skills?
Does he mean it as I don't think much of Ovechkin?
Does he mean it as a message to the team that he is the leader of the pack?
Do I care? NOT one bit. I just want to see a good hockey game.

Posted by: isthatallthereis | January 22, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

From the previous thread, it's amazing that 10K people would go watch the Leafs practice. I'll admit that's more people than who typically watch a Caps practice but could this high number be the novelty of watching or what?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 22, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

vermontcaps is still pissed Erskine didn't get selected.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 22, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Because there's more Erskine supporters here now than ever before, I've kinda been focusing my energies on DJK lately. But now that you mention it, Johnny most definitely should've been selected for the all-star game. There's not a dman in the league more deserving, but with the trade deadline coming up I don't wan't him showcasing his stuff in such a high-profile event. Teams coveting a hard-hitting, shotblocking, fighting dman to take them deep in the playoffs might make too good an offer to turn down for him.


Posted by: vermontcaps | January 22, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Well Nabakov won't be going to the Islanders now. I find it hilarious to see some writers(Scott Burnside is one) who are criticizing him for this. Saying that since he hasn't won Stanley Cups or Vezinas, he doesn't have the right t do it.

Nabakov signed a free agent contract with Detroit. He probably had a few teams he would be willing to go to. When the Islanders claimed him, Nabakov decided he would rather not play than spend the rest of the year in New while moving his family and such.

Lets just say anyone of us here was transfered to a place we did not want to go to and did not want to move our family to. It is more than legitimate to choose to not move and look for something else to do. Especially if you have enough money saved where finances won't be a worry. Nabakov won't be getting paid, he is doing what he feels is best for him. I say good for him.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 22, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Veteran free agents should have the right to go where they want, if a contract can be arranged. On the other hand, I don't have a problem with the system giving the weaker teams the first chance to sign such players. Otherwise, the system could be gamed so that teams like the Wings would have an unfair advantage in signing free agents, given their history of success and financial strength.

Maybe there will be some further negotiations so that Nabokov can get more money from the Islanders or the Islanders can convince him that he is part of their long term plans. Failing that, maybe the Islanders can receive some compensation from the Wings for waiving their claim.

Posted by: zmega | January 22, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Green wants to face Optional because he knows Optional will be out boozing all night, and won't be much of a talent on the ice.

And I think a lot of people on this board is upset DJK wasn't selected....

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 22, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I really hope Forsberg can come back. He is putting up good stats in MODO this year...we'll see, we'll see...

Posted by: richmondphil2 | January 22, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

The Islanders desperately need to win some games. Not to make the playoffs this year, but to start giving the fan base some hope that they are turning the corner and may challenge for a playoff berth next year.

They should actually completely tank and then get Larson, Couterier, or Landeskog. All three are going to be regular NHL'rs.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | January 22, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Need the two points.

Caps win, 5-1.

Posted by: underpants2 | January 22, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

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