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Ovechkin Earns Spot; Backstrom, Green Snubbed

Alex Ovechkin may not be starting in the All-Star Game, but the reigning MVP is, as expected, Montreal-bound, the NHL announced moments ago.

The bigger news, though, is that Ovechkin will be the only (player) representative from the Eastern Conference's second best team. That's because niether Mike Green nor Nicklas Backstrom were tapped by the league.

From an earlier entry: Bruce Boudreau can clinch the second all-star coaching spot with a win over Columbus tomorrow. There are some other possibilities, including a regulation loss by Montreal, but I'll spare you the headache.

Also, the YoungStars Game participants will be announced tomorrow. Backstrom, who played last year, is eligible again, and it would appear Karl Alzner has a decent shot.

More later.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 8, 2009; 12:01 PM ET
 
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Let go Bruuuuuuuce!

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | January 8, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

The whole process is a farce!

Let's just control what we can...the rest of the league be darned.

Posted by: WCAPS1 | January 8, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'll be in Montreal Saturday for the game. Anyone have any nut-kicking requests they'd like me to fulfill? I'll do my best to get as many Habs fans in the babymakers as possible.

Posted by: ThisGuy | January 8, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Very simple. Coach B will use the snubs and turn them into ammunition.

If you think Mike Green was playing well before, just wait...

What a joke.

Posted by: jmg878 | January 8, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Wonder who the Commissioner pick will be. Hmmm...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | January 8, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Just a reminder for everyone to wish Coach "Happy Birthday" tomorrow. Would be nice if everyone at VC could sing!

Posted by: WCAPS1 | January 8, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, I had forgotten about Karl being eligible for the YoungStars game. That would be cool.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 8, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

The possibility of injuries or a current All Star declining the inivitation that may open the door for more Caps being invited still exists. Two of the Monteral starters voted to the starting lineup that were undeserving sealed the fate of both Green and Backstrom IMO.

Posted by: Riddler1 | January 8, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

It seems like a slight to Backstrom's talent to have him in the YoungStars game. However, is that worse or better than being excluded altogether? I don't know.

Posted by: dinasaur | January 8, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm still on the fence on whether to trade Nylander. Always good to have roster depth...granted he has not played well, but how often do you have that much depth at center?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 8, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

You know something is terribly wrong when the 2nd place team in a particular conference has as many "all-stars" as the last place team in said conference. What a joke.

Posted by: thegr8one | January 8, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

From previous.

I know this will get missed with a new post coming up, but I'll repost some tidbits from the last thread, and add some for the ASG thing.

1. Yes, the fans f'ed the pooch on this one. By selecting starting lineups on both sides of the mississippi (I know, not really) with only 2 teams, they hamstrung the league to having only 2 extra slots aside from the required 1 per team. In the case of the east, both went to Boston. Potential backstrom spot went to Savard (I'd argue he deserves it over backs)...and Green's spot went to Chara. Had Green not gotten hurt, that may have been a tougher decision. Let's just leave it at that and hope one of them can squeeze in based on injury or someone being honorable and choosing NOT to accept the fan-voted invite.

2. WS&E owns VZ and the Wiz. Ted is the CEO of WS&E and MINORITY owner of the holding company, only gets a paycheck/dividend from revenue generated by VZ/Wiz. WS&E collects revenues from club/suite and concession sales. Ted gets a fraction of that $ personally, which I'm sure he's using to help subsidize the Caps. (which he's still losing money on, cause he pays rent to WS&E for games, and loses SO much in beer/food. Figure, average 1 beer per seat per game (figure kids/non drinkers and then those who have 6/game). 5.2M/year in beer alone. Heck, that's enough to cover Feds contract for a year just in beer. I misspoke last thread on this topic and stated money goes to Abe and not Ted. Yes, Ted gets money, but not as much as if he fully owned WS&E and could merge Caps with that group and finally make the team profitable. (Team will not profit until it no longer pays rent/gets shafted on food.)

3. Zamboni issue. Zams are a cultural icon in hockey. The company's beginnings and early customer service made them cultural icons. To me, replacing a Zam with an Olympia is like replacing a classic puck with the Fox Glow-Puck. Sure, it's pretty much the same thing. One's newer and has some fancier bells/whistles, but the old one's just....... well. It's a Zam!

Posted by: FFSEnough | January 8, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I guess I beat tarik to the NHL.com site, maybe I should be a reporter.

Posted by: x1232 | January 8, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ThePat | January 8, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

FYI

Tommy Maxwell was traded to Manitoba for future considerations today. Its on the Bears website. Maxwell is with the Stingrays but I thought I would share.

Posted by: HBFan | January 8, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Is there a GP minimum for the young stars game like the ASG? Right now alzner is only at 19.

Posted by: sexypills03 | January 8, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

ThePat

Damn, if they were willing to pay 4M/year for a 0.5 point per game guy, maybe we could have swapped Staal and Nylander! POOPIE!

Posted by: FFSEnough | January 8, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Boycott the All Star Game and rest. Send the league a message. Just like tonight's football game is a farce too. All writers should vote for Utah- the National Champions!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 8, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

What a joke. The game sucks to begin with. Although Leonsis should give them their all-star bonus in a good faith move as Green and Backstrom certainly deserve it. Let's Go Capitals!

Posted by: mjwies11 | January 8, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

what? brashsear didn't make it? It is a conspiracy, I tell you, it is a darn conspiracy!!!

Posted by: x1232 | January 8, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

...REPOST...

SombreroGuy

"No chance Fehr goes to Hershey. He is eligible for Waivers and another team would grab him in a heartbeat."

Be that as it may. I just don't see any other way that Alzner stays with the team if they don't send atleast a couple of people down. Waivers is a risk that has to be taken at this point. Which player is more important to the club right now? Alzner or Fehr?

I'd love to dump Nyls, but the pesky NMC combined with rational GMs not going to want his salary (with his current production levels) means something has to be done.

Maybe GMGM tries to move him then...so the Caps atleast get something in return.

If you can think of another scenario I'd love to hear it as I know Fehr has potential, but don't believe he's any where near reaching it.

Posted by: Yoshietree | January 8, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Okay. Let's just use that for more motivation and a well-deserved rest. Don't worry about it - as has been pointed out, a lot of very deserving players got snubbed because of the fan voting. NHL has got to dump the fan vote, at least the way they did it.

I'd rather have a Stanley Cup, how about you?

Posted by: kittypawz | January 8, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

How about this...as much as I don't care for at least one Staal brother: Trade Nyls to Pitt for the newly resigned Staal. I'll take the young, long, lanky one on as a third-line center this year and second-line center next year if 91 doesn't come back. Isn't 4m per year about what we are paying 92?

Posted by: saintex | January 8, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

ASG East roster is such a complete joke. Puzzlers include: Kovalev, Lecavalier, Heatley, Komisarek, Bouwmeester. These are, or more notable HAVE BEEN, good players but their numbers to date this year don't warrant ASG consideration and especially so when it is for a poor performing team. I understand how the Habs got there because of the voting glitch but the others..? Crazy.

How ironic that people aren't willing to accept a player receiving the Hart trophy from a non-playoff team but will put someone in the ASG from a poor team? The roster should be basically be a list of Hart/Norris/Vezina trophy contenders.

I wonder how many players have contract incentives that involve an ASG appearances? This kind of dilutes the meaning of it.

But, just saying "Zamboni", makes me feel better.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | January 8, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Shared from other thread: @everyone thinking Nyls can't be moved. I used to have the same mindset but think about this. Even if you don't like Nylander and his circles, and his bad give aways, he is a puck possession center that when confident can find a gap for a pass. Although he hasn't scored I have to admit that the fort would have been harder to hold down if he would have gone down to injury. In his very few goals he has two critcal ones. He scored in Pittsburg and then the game winner in Montreal. Now, everyone, including Federov thought his career was over at this time last year. Although he is battling injuries none of us can wait (except for salary cap issues) for him to get back. His production went up and his value to the team is immense. There could be another team out there with Cap space that feels he needs a new home. I realize he has a no trade clause but stress can make you change your mind. He may move if a team that has a shot wants the trade. It's not unusual for pro athletes to leave their families in place when they get traded. Ask the Bondras. I just hope if he does go, he goes to the West because IMHO he is a phenomenal hockey player battling a major slump, I don't want to see him come out of it wearing another sweater, and playing us.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 8, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Philly only has one player and so does New York. Both are way better teams than Pittsbugh and Montreal. And Detroit has only 2 all stars, and they are the Stanley Cup Champion (but the Ducks got 3). We are not the only team got screwed by this stupid process.

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | January 8, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

@FFS

Ted should get VC. Maybe when Abe passes.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 8, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Gary Bettman is an idiot. He'll get booed at his funeral.
No Mike Green at the All star game? Thats just dumb.
Get the rope, boys...

Posted by: oo7 | January 8, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see Mike Richards was not named to an All Star spot.

Posted by: Riddler1 | January 8, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

1) Backstrom should 'snub' the NHL if he's offered a position in the young guns game.
2) Alzner deserves to be included in that game.
3) As we wrote in another thread; The Caps should take Greens 'snub' as a blessing. Hopefully a few extra days off will help himas he is obviouly still not 100%
http://newfaux.blogspot.com/

Posted by: fauxrumors | January 8, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

fanohock1

"everyone thinking Nyls can't be moved."

The point your missing fanohock is that GMGM CANNOT move Nyls without his permission/blessing. That severely hampers his ability to shop 92 around the league. And quite frankly the teams that he would consider waiving the NMC (that's no movement, not no trade) do not have the capspace to be able to afford him.

Posted by: Yoshietree | January 8, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

If we get rid of Nyls it's because we want to get rid of his salary. We will probably take prospects or draft picks for him and the gaining team would take him and his salary. Still not totally sold that this is what is best for the team. Fehr and Clark sharing time on a line smells like a trade in the works too.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 8, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

@saintex: 4.875M cap hit until 10/11.. UFA in 11/12

http://nhlnumbers.com/overview.php?team=WAS&season=0809

Posted by: sexypills03 | January 8, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

@saintex

Remember we do have "slappy". That could be an issue with bringing in a Staal boy :)

Posted by: RedRocker | January 8, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Jordan Stall resigns with the pens. 4 years 16 million. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3818763

Posted by: SombreroGuy | January 8, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

@Yoshietree - I hear ya, but what I expect to happen is Poti to LTIR to give his groin plenty of time to heal and not risk a reinjury. When Poti is healthy, Karl has to be sent down unless a trade is pulled off. Eric Fehr is still a valuable prospect and the Caps won't risk losing him for nothing by sneaking him through waivers.

I like Fehr and I think he is getting close to finding the net, and is always in the right positions but he COULD become a tradeable asset.

Sending Alzner down doesn't force GMGM's hand, and as long as the Caps can keep winning, its a much better option than just giving a player away.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | January 8, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

$4M/year for 40 points a year (what he is on pace for now) from Staal is crazy...but it ties up a lot of the Pens money so they may have much left over to pay their "good" players.

Posted by: MReilly9 | January 8, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Fehr is also a RFA at the end of this season.

Posted by: sexypills03 | January 8, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

no one gets it we are stuck with Nylander. Get over it move on.

Posted by: HBFan | January 8, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Can Alzner still play in the Young Guns game if he's been sent down?

Posted by: jhorstma | January 8, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Is there a more overated young player in the league right now then Jordan Stall? Good rookie year and then not much at all last year and this year and 16 million gets thrown at him. No wonder we have labor strikes, teams rumered to be folding/relocating, owners losing money and $7 beers.

Posted by: Riddler1 | January 8, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

SombreroGuy

I think we're going to have to agree to disagree on this one :). To me keeping Alzner in DC is infinitely more important than holding onto Fehr. And that's coming from someone that was very outspoken in saying that Alzner should not be in DC at all this year.

Putting Poti on LTIR gives the team a litte bit of breathing room...maybe for another week or so...but what then? In a dream world GMGM would pull off the unthinkable and find a way to lose flatfoot Erskine, which provide enough space to keep both of them in DC.

But if a miracle doesn't appear in the next week, Fehr should be the sacrificial lamb.

Posted by: Yoshietree | January 8, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I personally think that OV should decline the all-star invitation due to "injury" and they boys can use a few days to rest up for the second half of the season.

Posted by: digital_will | January 8, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

erskine is one of the caps lowest paid player and would not provide enough cap room to keep fehr and alzner

Posted by: _stevo | January 8, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I kinda feel bad for Fehr.....he obviously busts his butt, came back from a career-killing back injury, has a ton of potential, and yet he's going to find himself out. :( Its sports, its a business, but it would be much easier if he didn't seem like a hard-working nice guy.

Posted by: RedBirdie | January 8, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

@Yoshietree - haha fair enough, agree to disagree.

My point of view is that when Poti is healthy, he and Alzner are interchangeable. Are the Caps a better team with both? Absolutely, but if they can get by/keep winning at a 100+ point pace then I see no need in losing a player for no compensation if we don't need to. When Alzner can fit under the cap later in the season, or when another defender gets hurt we bring him back up and he'll be on the team in time for the playoffs.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | January 8, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

_stevo

"erskine is one of the caps lowest paid player and would not provide enough cap room to keep fehr and alzner"

You're right, but when you combine Erskine's with Collin's then all of a sudden you're under by a cat's whisker. Forgetting about the fact that by dumping Flatfoot, GMGM is also getting rid of 1.25 million for both next year and the year after.

Posted by: Yoshietree | January 8, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

If memory serves, Green felt snubbed last year. I bet he is none the happy today! He, Backs and Semin will probably watch the ASG coverage playing a drinking game, each taking a shot every time someone says Crosby ...

SA-Town:
Bandwagon tshirts? How about GOOD IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH tshirts?!? :-) I forgot who here suggested that when BB coined the phrase, but I dug it ... and would buy one!!

Posted by: Boo- | January 8, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I agree with SombreroGuy Alzner will be back in Hershey, As soon as there is an injury he will be right back up.

As for Fehr, if BB has anything to do with it, he will stay with the Caps.

Posted by: HBFan | January 8, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

ThePat:
Wow ... I am surprised that Staal stayed - I thought he hated their coach?

Posted by: Boo- | January 8, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Staal must think the Pens can win the cup in 4 years so he has a chance.

Posted by: HBFan | January 8, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Did the blog just hiccup? Thurs AM practice update moved infront of this thread...?

Posted by: FFSEnough | January 8, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

HBFan:
Yeah but didn't threaten to leave last season if Therrien was not canned?

FFSEnough:
I didn't know that blogs got hiccups ...

Posted by: Boo- | January 8, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

To whomever says Kommisarek should not be at the ASG doesn't know the game much. It's one thing ot be a fan of the Caps but one should still be able to admire other team's talent. Green is a good offensive defensemen; he is subpar defensively for the moment thus, not well-rounded. Ask GMGM if he would trade Green for Kommisarek or Chiara and you will see how quick he would make the trade.
That Green is not at the ASG doesn't bother me at all. Backstrom is the one that was snubbed yet deserved to be there .

Posted by: atybat | January 8, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Yosh,

Getting rid of Fehr still doesn't get them under the cap. They would still need another million. Outside of the top guys you're talking about Brash or Bradley.
Getting rid of Fehr is not the answer.

Posted by: ravenfan1 | January 8, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

To whomever says Kommisarek should not be at the ASG doesn't know the game much. It's one thing ot be a fan of the Caps but one should still be able to admire other team's talent. Green is a good offensive defensemen; he is subpar defensively for the moment thus, not well-rounded. Ask GMGM if he would trade Green for Kommisarek or Chiara and you will see how quick he would make the trade.
That Green is not at the ASG doesn't bother me at all. Backstrom is the one that was snubbed yet deserved to be there .

Posted by: atybat | January 8, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

HBFan

"As for Fehr, if BB has anything to do with it, he will stay with the Caps."

I couldn't disagree more. For whatever reason it seems that BB doesn't hold Fehr in very high regards. Hence him being scratched prior to all of the injuries and the limited amount of ice time he gets when in the line-up. To me, in order for Fehr to reach his potential, he needs to get close to top 6 minutes.

Right now only 5 players have gotten less ice time per game...Bourque, Osala, Girioux, The Donald and Mink (Bourque and Osala are only averaging 10 seconds less).

That tells me that BB does not have a lot of faith in Fehr right now.

Posted by: Yoshietree | January 8, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

BACKSTROM > HEATLEY
BACKSTROM > KOVALCHUK
BACKSTROM > LECAVALIER
BACKSTROM > STAAL

BACKSTROM = ROBBED

Posted by: WTF_Fehr | January 8, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Boo-, duh duh DUH! Maybe this is an omen that Therrien is gone?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 8, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

WTF_Fehr

All players listed are single selections from their team.

Does Backstrom deserve the nod over Savard? Does Green deserve it over Chara?

Those are the 2 slots we were left with after the Kovalev + Price as starers thing.

Just saw this on Ted's take:
"Our Comcast SportsNet television ratings have steadily increased and are 130% better than a year ago, and yesterday we announced a new television venture, Capitals Red Line Monday, presented by Geico. The show will debut Feb. 9 on CSN and highlight the personalities of our players as well as give fans a behind-the-scenes look at our team. Here’s a quick video promo for Capitals Red Line Monday."

Posted by: FFSEnough | January 8, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

There's a new post past the hiccup.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 8, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Nylander's the most logical guy to move right now, but everyone seems to be forgetting that he has a no-move contract... Can't send him anywhere without his blessing, and since we all know how much Mrs Nylander loves this area I doubt that it'll be forthcoming.

I honestly don't know who we could move... Alzner's made himself more valuable over just a couple of months than I could have imagined. I'm still an advocate of strapping Erskine to an empty beer keg and setting him afloat in the Chesapeake Bay, but that still won't make enough room.

Posted by: ModestProposal | January 8, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I disagree...I don't think Alzner is going anywhere but patrolling the Capitals blueline for a long long time. Hershey is not in his future.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 8, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

FFSEnough

Got you point, system sucks, guy deserves to be there.

Posted by: WTF_Fehr | January 8, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

people...think beyond the next two months. GMGM is not going to give away a valuable asset. Once Poti is healthy, we can win with him in Alzner's place, and Alzner in Hershey. Alzner will be on the blue line for a long time but he might take a 2 month detour to Hershey if the Salary Cap calls for it.


also, there is a tear in the blog's space time continum. Who's been playing around with a souped up Deloreon and some plutonium

Posted by: SombreroGuy | January 8, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Green not making The ASG is not as much of an injustice as Backstrom being excluded.

Green is a defenseman folks, and until he gets Norris consideration, I think he should just stay off the media radar.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | January 8, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Who's this Chiara guy you're refering to, Mr. I-know-everything-about-hockey? Do tell, because he sounds a like a real hidden gem. Is he as good as that Chara guy the Bruins have?

Posted by: nhcaps | January 8, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

And just to add, there are two players in the East who are among the top ten in the NHL in scoring and +/- amongst defensemen. Dennis Wideman and...Mike Green.

Posted by: nhcaps | January 8, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

And I thought the BCS was a bunch of BS!

Posted by: EBC1 | January 8, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

@BernieWolfeFan - Green finished 7th in norris voting last year.

http://mirtle.blogspot.com/2008/06/2007-08-norris-voting.html

Posted by: SombreroGuy | January 8, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Since Washington fans should boycott the allstar game due to the dumb NHL processes I believe Ovechkin should demonstrate the appropriate leadership and decline the invitation. The fact Backstrom and Green did not make the team is a joke. What is a bigger joke is they may have lost their spots to underachieving Montreal Canadians. If a uberstar like Ovechkin declines attending maybe the NHL will make the appropriate changes in the future to have a fair process.

Posted by: CapsFanSince1979 | January 8, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

@1979 - Are you serious? Boycott the all-star game? How is this that important??? The NHL needs Ovi there, and the process got screwed up by a few rabid Habs fans. Boycotting wouldn't be "leadership", it would be extreme childishness. It's just an all-star game, why would you make such an issue out of it? People need to chill - this is only good for the Caps players, who need the rest.

Posted by: katzistan | January 8, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

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