The format for the All-Star Game is different this year, and while the captains-pick-the-teams-like-we're-on-the-playground style is pretty damn cool, the voting is just weird.â†µ
Six players -- three forwards, two defensemen, one goalie -- are picked by the fans. 36 more players are picked unilaterally by the NHL. Odd.â†µ
In any event, fan voting ended yesterday. The six players selected by the fans are...â†µ
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks are the six players selected as NHL® All-Stars via 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting presented by XM, the National Hockey League announced today.â†µ
Four Penguins, two Blackhawks. Oh, no. No ballot stuffing by two groups of fans here. Not one bit.â†µ
Quite honestly, the only player there that likely deserves one of those top six spots is Crosby. All of them can make an argument for being All-Stars, although we've all quickly forgotten Fleury's horrible start to the season, but one of the top six players? Come on, man.