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Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 01/22/2011

Mike Green named alternate captain for the All Star weekend

By Katie Carrera

Capitals defenseman Mike Green has been named an alternate captain for the upcoming 2011 All Star Weekend in Raleigh along with Vancouver's Ryan Kesler, Chicago's Patrick Kane and Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis.

Green and Kessler will serve as alternates for Team Staal while Kane and St. Louis will join Team Lidstrom.

The captains and alternate captains will choose teams during the all-star fantasy draft, which will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at RBC Center.

By Katie Carrera  | January 22, 2011; 10:27 AM ET
Categories:  All-Star Game, Mike Green  
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I don't get it. He hasn't exactly emerged as a leader on his own team, he's only in his first All-Star game, he can be quite inconsistent, and respectfully, there would seem to be a lot of other very good choices. Is this making up for not giving him the Norris? I love having the guy on our team, I just don't get the choice.

Posted by: _berndog_ | January 22, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I suspect "leadership" isn't a key factor in an all-star game. Maybe a reward of sorts. Green's skill set is ideal for a free-flowing all-star game.

Posted by: zmega | January 22, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

This is off topic, but it looks like Foppa is back with the AVs working out. Let the pass through waivers game begin!

Posted by: j3rockstar | January 22, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

@_berndog_, by what standard are you saying he has not been a leader of the Caps? He leads the team's D-men in scoring, despite missing time. He has been a finalist for the Norris Trophy for 2 years in a row. His puckhandling skills and skating are among the best of all players in the league.
I think you may be a "Green hater", therefore not seeing this objectively. He is an exceptional offense-oriented defenseman, and the awarding of the "A" is a fitting recognition of his elite status.

Posted by: pcalvert | January 22, 2011 10:51 AM | Report abuse

This is off topic, but it looks like Foppa is back with the AVs working out. Let the pass through waivers game begin!

Posted by: j3rockstar

Since Forsberg didn't play in Europe this year he wouldn't have to pass through waivers if he is signed.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 22, 2011 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I like Green, playoff performances notwithstanding. Physically, he's been coming to play almost every night and I think he'll have a big spring, assuming we make it. If he developed a mean streak and deposited 8-10 players a year via his fists, he would be dominant.

BRING IT ON, TORONTO!

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 22, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

sgm3,
Thanks for clearing that up for me.

Posted by: j3rockstar | January 22, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Then sign him for crying out loud! Could we get a better mentor for Nicky and Mackan?
He can be used as a #1RW or a #2C.
I still think we should go after Fischer though, since Forsberg is injuryprone. I'd Give MP and a 2nd for him.
We might have to waive DJ King to be able to carry everyone.

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Forsberg
Semin-Fischer-Laich
Fehr-Johansson-Knuble/Chimera
Bradley-Gordon-Hendricks
King-Steckel

Hannan-Green
Alzner-Carlson
Erskine-Poti
Schultz

Posted by: Walle | January 22, 2011 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I don't want forsberg...he has the durability of our goalies.

5-10 games, and he will be injured.

I'd rather have our Glass Russian on the wing...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 22, 2011 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Forsberg may not want to come to DC. He likes living in Denver. If he comes at all, I would guess it would be Colorado.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 22, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

@Walle

Ottawa is not going to dump Fischer for MP and a 2nd.

It is going to take much more than that. If Ottawa is not offered good compensation for Fischer they will wait until the offseason to possibly deal him when more teams could bid for his services.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 22, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

And Green as a captain of anything is a joke...

The guy hasn't even had his best season.

He goes from no olympics, no all star, non playoff performer to a captain of the All Star Team?

Talk about a pity move...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 22, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

SGM...

How about...Fisher for MP, EF, and two picks....?

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 22, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

"And Green as a captain of anything is a joke...

The guy hasn't even had his best season."


By that standard, it would seem that the Caps need a new captain.

I don't get the infatuation with the captaincy by some of the fans, specially when they have no idea of what transpired among the players.

Posted by: isthatallthereis | January 22, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Fisher can be gotten, but to get him, McPhee has to part with Eakin.

Posted by: underpants2 | January 22, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

How about...Fisher for MP, EF, and two picks....?

Posted by: SoaringCap

Without knowing what Ottawa is looking for I would say that idea would be a lot more possible of happening.

Someone else posted before a possible Eakin, BGordon, 3rd round pick as compensation for Fisher.

He is going to cost a little bit. There are many variations that could possibly work, but I think a total compensation of the ideas above is what it will take.

A current NHL player, a prospect near playing full-time in the NHL and a pick.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 22, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Fisher can be gotten, but to get him, McPhee has to part with Eakin.

Posted by: underpants2 |

I agree that it would probably take Eakin. If it takes Eakin the deal could get bigger than the Caps just getting Fisher and may consist of two players coming to the Caps.

They may try to get a player like Ruutu, Phillips, Neil or pretty much anyone else on Ottawa.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 22, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

First all, congrats Green on the honor!!

Secondly, a lot of people here are so quick to bash Green. Try and remember back in October/November when he was out for a week or two. It was a major blow to our team. He is a terrific puck moving defenseman, and the anchor of our blueline. True he will make a mistake resulting in a goal every once in a while, but name be an NHL player who doesn't make a bad play now and then.

Try and remember the 12/23 Pitt game when we lost a D-Man and Green played almost 30 minutes, scored a goal, and was terrific at shutting down the big scorers of Pitt.

Those screaming for us to trade him, be careful what you wish for!

Posted by: MattBradley10 | January 22, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm still not certain that that's not actually Matt Bradley.

Matt, is that - perhaps - really you?

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | January 22, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Good for Green, I'm sure he will enjoy the all-star draft. Green has played well this year (other than being injured). His defense is much improved & his skills really fit the all-star game.
I'm not a big fan of the all-star game. I doubt I will even watch it.
vermontcaps is still pissed Erskine didn't get selected.
BTW, calling Cindy Crysby "she" a bunch of times prevents your comments from being posted.

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

Islanders claimed Nabokov.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 22, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Islanders claimed Nabokov. Lawson got injured last night.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 22, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

So the Isles trade Roloson (great for Tampa, terrible for Caps), have DiPietro as their forever starter (yep, oft injured), and grab Nabby, whom they cannot trade after picking up off waivers. Seems a bit daft to me considering Nabby will be UFA this summer and the Isles have almost no chance for the playoffs. Can't trade him and how will DiPietro react to the challenge of a very legit #1 tender. The Isles have absolutely terrible management.

I was thinking FL may grab Nabby and trade Volkoun for a ton of talent. No way does NYI trade Dipietro AND his HUGE CONTRACT with his injury issues.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | January 22, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

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