(Go here to vote, btw.)
In other words, have the Caps voted yet?
"I didn't know we were allowed to," Brian Pothier said.
"I have not; I hadn't even really put any thought into it," Jamie Heward said.
"No," Matt Bradley said.
"I tried, but I don't know if I voted," Ovechkin said.
I asked if he would try again.
"No. I'm done," he said.
Well, if we can't even get AO to vote for himself, this campaign will be a bit harder. Truthfully, you'd think the NHL might want to revise its voting policies, in light of Rory-Gate, but apparently not:
NHL spokesman Gary Meagher said the league won't argue with the fans wishes.
"The purpose of fan balloting is to give our great fans a voice in the selection of the all-star starting lineup," Meagher said in an e-mail to The Canadian Press. "It should be no surprise at all that our passionate fans have responded to this opportunity with the same intensity they bring to the rink every night."
Thanks Gary. I asked Pothier and Heward whether Ovie deserved to be an all-star starter.
"There's a lot of good hockey players in the league, but Alex is amazing," Pottsie said.
"Should he be a starter? Absolutely," Heward said. "I'm old school traditionalist, where the all-star game wasn't voted on back in the day. I'm not into the new voting system or whatever, but that's cool....The fans definitely should have a voice in who they want in the all-star game, but it's got to be done with a certain amount of tact. You can't just put anybody in, that's why it's called the all-star game."
Others disagree. Check out Greg Wyshynski's Rory-inspired idea:
So here's my proposal: Every year the NHL opens up a slot in the East and a slot in the West for an Internet-only fan vote. Every non-goalie in the league NOT on the all-star ballot will be eligible. Call it the "unsung player," the "lunch pail star," the "working class hero" slot; hell, call it "The Sutter Selection" in honor of an entire family that epitomized the kind of player we're talking about here.
To be fair, Heward wasn't talking about Crosby/Mallkin/Briere, more about the concept in general, but still, it would seem there's only one way to go in this case. I asked Pottsie if he would vote.
"Jeez, now that you say that, I probably should go home and start filling out ballots," he said.
"I think I'm going to go and vote," Heward said. "I'm going to vote every day from now on."
Sadly, they were both joking. I'd guess that neither will actually cast a ballot. But you never know. Teemu Selanne, on the other hand, left no doubt.
"No, of course not, I want to have golf time," he said when I asked if he'd stuffed the ballot for himself. "Not me, don't worry about that. Not a chance."
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