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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:48 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Backes still on the board, not happy about it

David Backes is still on the board as of round 10. He's not pleased about it.

He realizes that perhaps fighting everyone at the All-Star Game probably didn't win him any friends for an event like this, but he's not backing down. He said whoever doesn't pick him can look forward to getting drilled on Sunday.

Of course, he might have to hit Nick Lidstrom, something Backes said he hasn't done in 5 years.
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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:40 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Price goes before Hiller in Round 10

19. Carey Price, Montreal, G (Team Staal)
20. Jonas Hiller, Anaheim, G (Team Lidstrom)


By the letter of the law both teams had to pick goalies here and there were only two left on the board. It was just a matter of who goes first, Price or Hiller.

Staal went with the guy he's most familiar with in the Eastern Conference, leaving Lidstrom to pick Hiller, who leads the NHL in wins this season with 25.

Does Hiller now become so motivated that he'll plan to stop everything that's sent his way on Sunday?

Wouldn't that be interesting.
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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:40 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Staals will play together as will Kane, Toews

You have to love the Staal boys. Man do they love sticking it to each other.

Eric stepped to the mic, ready to make the 11th overall pick, and perhaps it was time to take his little brother.

"Our next pick, from the New York Rangers...Henrik Lundqvist."

Burn! Man, I bet Marc was crushed. Actually, Marc said countless times he'd rather play against him, so there was probably some sweet relief. He probably wanted to lay out Marc if he got the chance.

But with his next pick, Eric took Marc, bringing the drama of Marc potentially going last to an end.

There was some playful tension on the stage once he was up there, but it's probably best for their parents that they're o the same team for once.

Picks 15 and 16 were Blackhawks -- Team Staal took Patrick Sharp and Team Lidstrom and Pat Kane took Jonathan Toews.

Kane seemed to be really against the idea of Toews being on his team, but they decided to take the best available player. Maybe Toews will get Kane back by shaving some grooves into the side of his head while he sleeps to teach him a lesson.

Wait. Never mind.

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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:38 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Boyle gets drafted and Lidstrom takes Fleury

17. Dan Boyle, San Jose, D
18. Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh, G


Staal played against Boyle enough when the D-man was with the Lightning, so he's aware of exactly what the puck-rushing defenseman is capable of. Good pick there by Staal, who needed another puck-rushing D-man.

Fleury is the fourth goalie picked, and he is definitely a candidate for the Vezina Trophy after a tough start. Lidstrom must not hold a grudge because Fleury robbed the Wings in the '09 Final.
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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:35 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Sharp and then Toews, it happened

15. Patrick Sharp, Chicago, C/W (Team Staal)
16. Jonathan Toews, Chicago, C (Team Lidstrom)


Wouldn't have guessed that Sharp would be gone before Toews, but it happened. Staal went with his own hometown boy, Thunder Bay's own Sharpe. Not a bad call considering the production he's having this season.

Kane stood up representing Team Lidstrom and, after saying, "I can't believe I'm going to do this" he went with Toews. Kane said earlier in the week that he wanted to go up against Toews, but Toews said he thinks St. Louis and Lidstrom outvoted him in this pick and then forced the embarrasment of No. 88 by having him say Toews' name.
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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:32 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Staal family reunited, Big Buff back with Kane

13. Marc Staal, New York Rangers, D (Team Staal)
14. Dustin Byfuglien, Atlanta, D (Team Lidstrom)


The family is back together. Linda Staal got her wish to have her boys on the same team, and now Eric doesn't have to listen to mom get mad at him for not picking younger brother Marc.

Marc said he didn't really care all that much, but he did, in fact, call his brother "classless" just a few minutes ago.

Gotta think that Kane and St. Louis had something to say about picking Big Buff. He's having a monster season and Kane knows all about it because the Hawks are missing him while St. Louis is the one who has to deal with him in the Southeast Division now.
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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:30 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

The King and Briere go next

11. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers, G (Team Staal)
12. Danny Briere, Philadelphia, C/W (Team Lidstrom)


Eric Staal had this pick teed up. Just after hearing his brother, Marc, call him "classless" for not picking him first overall and instead going with Ward, Eric stands at the podium and said, "Our next pick, from the New York Rangers....

"Henrik Lundqvist."

Marc must be crushed.

Lidstrom went with Briere, allowing Pat Kane to do the picking. No wonder Kane thinks Briere is a "heck of a player." They play a lot of the same type of game.
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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:28 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

The biggest breakup in NHL history: Sedins separate

Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin go together like spaghetti and meatballs or lamb and tuna fish. But with back-to-back picks by Team Lidstrom and Team Staal, they were separated for this year's All-Star Game.

I'm not really sure how they'll go on living. Everyone knows the Sedins do everything together, even though they are adults with families. But they're twins, and we've been told they must do everything together.

I remember where I was when I found out Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston were breaking up. I was in the checkout lane at a supermarket. I was crushed. Devastated. Now I have to live in a world where the Sedins won't play a game together? How will I function?

Are you picking up on my sarcasm? Good, because I'm laying it on pretty thick. This is going to be fantastic.

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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:28 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

The biggest breakup in NHL history: Sedins separate

Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin go together like spaghetti and meatballs or lamb and tuna fish. But with back-to-back picks by Team Lidstrom and Team Staal, they were separated for this year's All-Star Game.

I'm not really sure how they'll go on living. Everyone knows the Sedins do everything together, even though they are adults with families. But they're twins, and we've been told they must do everything together.

I remember where I was when I found out Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston were breaking up. I was in the checkout lane at a supermarket. I was crushed. Devastated. Now I have to live in a world where the Sedins won't play a game together? How will I function?

Are you picking up on my sarcasm? Good, because I'm laying it on pretty thick. This is going to be fantastic.

Follow Dave Lozo on Twitter: @DaveLozo
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Posted On Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:20 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - NHL.com at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Nash off the board, Lidstrom gets a goalie

9. Rick Nash, Columbus, W (Team Staal)
10. Tim Thomas, Boston, G (Team Lidstrom)


Just after Duthie finished lauding Nash, one of the better performers in recent All-Star Game history, Team Staal listened and went with the Blue Jackets center. Green made the pick for Team Staal and swears they had this pick made before Duthie went through his convincing diatribe about Nash.

Team Lidstrom finally has a goalie in the fifth round. It also has the best in the NHL so far this season. Thomas, picked by fellow Vermont Catamount Marty St. Louis, is the second goalie off the board behind Ward. Each team will have to use two of their next five picks on goalies.
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