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2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Briere named as Iginla's ASG replacement

Wednesday, 01.19.2011 / 12:45 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Philadelphia's Danny Briere has repeatedly made clear his desire to go to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover later this month in Raleigh, N.C. On Wednesday, he was given that opportunity.

Briere was named as the replacement for Calgary's Jarome Iginla, who cited health concerns about his grandmother as the reason for dropping out of what would have been his sixth All-Star Game, which ties the Calgary franchise mark also held by Al MacInnis and Theo Fleury

Briere made it quite clear last week, when the 42-man roster was revealed by NHL Hockey Operations, that he was unhappy with being left off the roster for the game, which will be played Jan. 30 at RBC Center. 

Mock Draft II: Who will Staal, Lidstrom choose?

Tuesday, 01.18.2011 / 4:06 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

It's time to once again make a mockery of mock drafts.

Last week, staff writers Dan Rosen and Dave Lozo played the role of All-Star captains and drafted their fantasy teams for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover on Jan. 30 in Raleigh.

But with Carolina's Eric Staal and Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom being selected as captains Tuesday, it's time for a new mock draft challenge -- getting in the heads of Staal and Lidstrom.

For this mock draft, Rosen will play the role of Staal while Lozo will play the role of Lidstrom. Since the alternates haven't been made official, we've guessed that Jonathan Toews, Jarome Iginla, Alex Ovechkin and Zdeno Chara will fill those roles. We've partnered Staal with Toews and Chara; Lidstrom will work with Iginla and Ovechkin.

Laviolette returns to Raleigh as All-Star coach

Tuesday, 01.18.2011 / 1:28 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

John Manasso - Correspondent

"He's a very passionate guy and I think the players know that he cares about them and wants to win, just like they do." -- Flyers GM Paul Holmgren

Maybe's it's karma, but it might also be a case of being one of the best. With the Philadelphia Flyers having totaled the highest points percentage in the Eastern Conference as of Jan. 15, coach Peter Laviolette earned the right to coach in the NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C., the same city where he guided the Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup less than five years ago.

"Well, the All-Star Game should be a good weekend," said Laviolette, who spent five years in Raleigh. "Some of the best players are out there and you get to watch some fun hockey. It's different from what we do here -- without the stress. I have a lot of friends back there in Raleigh, so my family will go up. We'll enjoy it."

Hurricanes' Staal, Wings' Lidstrom tabbed captains

Tuesday, 01.18.2011 / 12:00 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

Center Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes and defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings were chosen as captains Tuesday for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover, set for Jan. 30 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.

Staal and Lidstrom were selected in a vote by the 42 All-Stars who will participate in this year's game in Raleigh, the city that Staal calls home.

"It's exciting," Staal told reporters Tuesday. "I'm excited about the opportunity to enjoy the experience with some great players. Obviously being named captain is an honor. That'll be exciting in our building."

E. Staal, Lidstrom named 2011 All-Star captains

54 players to participate in NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Tuesday, 01.18.2011 / 10:00 AM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

NEW YORKEric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings have been named team Captains for the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, the National Hockey League Players' Association and the National Hockey League announced today.  The Captains were selected by their fellow NHL All-Stars and will lead the team selection process during the all-new NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco on Jan. 28.  As Captains, Staal and Lidstrom will also set their team rosters for the Honda NHL SuperSkills® on Jan. 29 and wear the "C" during the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover on Jan. 30.

Sharp building reputation as key scorer

Friday, 01.14.2011 / 10:33 AM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

"Anytime you're producing maybe third or fourth in the League, over a point a game, that's a great contribution no matter who we're looking at. This year he definitely elevated that part of his game and the consistency part of his game has been there, too. He's very deserving (of being an All-Star). Game in and game out he's been getting it done." -- Joel Quenneville

CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane cracked a smile, shook his head and briefly stopped unwrapping tape from his hockey socks.
While doling out some plaudits for Chicago Blackhawks teammate and friend Patrick Sharp -- who recently was named to his first NHL All-Star team -- Kane suddenly changed gears. He then reverted to a common hockey locker-room cliché to explain why.
"I don't want to pump up his tires too much," Kane said, glancing across the room in Sharp's direction. "I don't want him to get too big a head or anything."
Funny he should say that about Sharp.
While Sharp may be one of the favorites of Hawks fans, there's not a lot of name recognition there outside of Chicago or his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ont.

Hiller takes next step to become an All-Star

Wednesday, 01.12.2011 / 10:00 AM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Jonas Hiller was one of the best goalies at last year's Winter Olympics, leading Switzerland to a pair of wins, plus near-upsets against Canada and the United States. On Tuesday, the Anaheim Ducks goaltender was named an NHL All-Star for the first time in his four-year NHL career.

In the 11 months between the Olympics and the All-Star announcement, Hiller turned himself into a different goalie, altering his style to become a greater influence for the Ducks both inside and outside the blue paint.

Why would someone who jumped onto the global hockey scene in Vancouver change the way he plays? So he could become an All-Star in the NHL, of course.

Marc Staal looks forward to All-Star reunion

Tuesday, 01.11.2011 / 6:30 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Of the three Staal brothers who ply their trade in the NHL, New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal was the one with the fewest professional accomplishments.

The 23-year-old started to change all that Tuesday when he earned a spot in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover on Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C., the first All-Star trip of his career.

"It's been on my mind a bit," Staal said Tuesday night before the Rangers faced the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden.

"Throughout each game it's never on your mind. You concentrate on playing hockey. It's special that it's in Carolina. It's pretty cool. My family will all be down there. It should make for a fun weekend."

Shanahan: No shortage of worthy All-Star candidates

Tuesday, 01.11.2011 / 4:30 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NHL executive Brendan Shanahan, an eight-time All-Star during his standout career, stressed to Tuesday that it wouldn't be difficult to create a third team to participate in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover.

Shanahan, though, also said some of the players that would be available for that fictional squad wouldn't be able to attend All-Star Weekend anyway.

"Without identifying specific teams or players, there were players that reached out to their general managers, who then reached out to the League to quietly say, 'This guy is playing but he has a nagging injury and he's asked me to ask you to leave him off,' " said Shanahan, the NHL's V.P. for Hockey and Business Development. "We have to respect that."

Skinner's rapid ascent results in SuperSkills berth

Tuesday, 01.11.2011 / 4:24 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

John Manasso - Correspondent

RALEIGH -- Dressed in street clothes, his curly brownish hair slightly mussed as he prepares to leave the RBC Center after a morning, Jeff Skinner easily could be mistaken for a latter-day Opie Taylor, whose home, after all, was the fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina.

From the time Skinner arrived at Carolina's rookie camp after the team drafted him No.7 in 2010, General Manager Jim Rutherford had a hunch the 18-year-old would become an impact player. Everything since has just re-enforced that notion.

Presently the youngest player in the NHL, Skinner leads all rookies in points with 32.

He is a serious Calder Trophy candidate, ranks second on the team in goals with 14 and is third in points behind captain Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu. Plus, he is one of the 12 rookies selected to take part in the 2011 Honda SuperSkills competition during All-Star Weekend in Raleigh.
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