Updated: See below for more information on the omission.
The Wings have two players heading to the great metatropolis of Ottawa for the 2012 NHL All Star game and it's not exactly who you'd expect.
Added to the roster Thursday were five goaltenders, among them the Red Wings' Jimmy Howard, who leads the League in wins, and the Blues' Brian Elliott, who is second in the League in goals-against average and save percentage.
Other forwards added to the roster include Flames captain Jarome Iginla, who last week became the 42nd player in NHL history with 500 goals; Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who will play in his fifth All-Star Game; and the Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk, who was named to his third All-Star Game.First off, congrats to Howard for finally getting some recognition for his efforts. WIIM's and our efforts have clearly paid off. And of course, congrats to Dangles for being, well, awesome. No real surprise here.
Hit the jump for a huge, embarrassing omission.
But notice anyone missing, perhaps someone who defines humanity's future? Yes, the great Nick Lidstrom (or Lindstrom as Gary knows him) is absent from the lineup. WTF NHL?
Now this is probably due to the numbers situation regarding the fact that they try to make every team represented, yet I'm not sure if this argument make sense. How does it really make any sense to forgo someone who is considered the best defensemen ever in the league? Nashville has Weber AND Suter on the blueline. Does the NHL think that Alexander Edler is a better defensemen and representative of the game as compared to Nick?
And yet, worst of all is the Dan Girardi pick. I'd take a 41 year old, blind in one eye, playing with the wrong handed stick while drunk Nick Lidstrom the over strokey-faced, second pairing on Detroit at best, Dan Girardi. Hell, I'd take Lidstrom, White, Kronwall and Stuart over Girardi any day. That 15 points, +7 is really impressive Dan, but that would put you 4th on the Wings in defensive scoring and 6th in defensive plus/minus...behind Johnny Ericsson.
So while it's certainly not the end of the world and, in fact, the rest might do him well, you have to just wonder what the hell the league was thinking omitting what should be the best ambassador of the game and permanent owner of the Norris trophy.
Update 2:04 PM: It appears that Nick asked for the weekend off, not that he wasn't simply selected. Per Ken Holland:
"I talked to Lidstrom in the last month and Nick told me that although he would be honored to go, his preference would be to have a four-day breather with his family."
Certainly a little better, but that still doesn't explain how Girardi was selected...
I've read in a couple places that Lids notified the NHL in advance that he didn't want to play. It's a young man's game, it makes sense that he'd rather have a few days off. I was upset about it at first, but it all fits together.
That is so awesome that Howard got in! It would be really interesting to see him and number 13 on opposing teams, just to see how many saves he can come up with against the mighty magician! As far a Lids is concerned, he probably will be happy just spending some time with his family.
@thebiglachovsky I'm with you all the way man. Ever since the league doled out those pathetic 1 game suspensions to Pav and TPH for missing the 09 ASG I have been in favor of the Wings boycotting the stupid thing every year. Yes, the recognition is nice and all, but anyone who knows anything about hockey knows that players like Howard, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Lidstrom are world-class, so it's not necessary for Gary's dog and pony show to validate that fact.
Same with the Lions and Stafford getting passed up on the Pro-Bowl when he becomes only the 4th QB in NFL history to throw for over 5000 yards in a season. Who cares? I'm all for Detroit sports teams saying "to hell with the games, we'll just worry about the ones that count, thank you."
Honestly I'm not too disappointed by this and honestly if none of our players made I wouldn't be too upset, I'd rather they have an extra day to rest.