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Claude Giroux not being voted to start All-Star Game is not a big deal

Jan 6, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT

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Yesterday we saw the fruits of Ottawa voters’ labor pay off as four Senators were named as starters to the All-Star Game. For many writers and fans in Philadelphia that didn’t sit too well as one of the NHL’s leading scorers, Claude Giroux, didn’t make the cut.

For Giroux, however, he wants everyone to know that it’s totally OK he didn’t get voted in as he shares with’s Tim Panaccio.

“It’s in Ottawa, they want Ottawa players there, that’s fine,” he said. “I’m not going to judge the way they do. It doesn’t really matter. It seriously doesn’t bother me.

“If I do go back it will be pretty cool, I have family and friends there, but I have bigger things to worry about right now.”

Anyone upset that any of their favorite top players didn’t get voted on is missing the big picture and what the voting process was all about anyway. The hometown fans wanted their guys to make the game and that’s fine. There are 36 other stars (at least) that will get chosen and others that will get subbed in inevitably thanks to injury.

All-Star Game votes are rarely given out on merit and besides, there will be six other guys that will be getting the start in Ottawa later on. Now if Giroux doesn’t get named to the team at all, then we can fire up the torches and pitchforks.

  1. jpelle82 - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    absurd…guy is a beast. he will be making the trip somehow.

  2. solador78 - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    It’s nice to see Flyers’ ownership (NBC/Comcast/Prohockeytalk) taking the high road by not accusing the Senators of trying to “fix” the outcome.

  3. kellyb9 - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    This happens every year, and it’s truly a shame. The All-Star game should be about individual achievments and not about what geographic area you happen to play in. They really should take away the fan vote or try to weight it a bit more to stop this stuff from happening.

  4. mgp1219 - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    All star games and the voting that go along wth them are a joke.

    4 Senators in the starting lineup? Really?

    As much as I hate the Flyers, Giroux is one of the best players in the NHL and surely deserves to be on a REAL all star team.

  5. cakrywyj - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Honestly, who cares about all star games or appearances anymore? If it were up to me take the whole Ottawa team to the game and let the Flyers rest. I want a cup not an all star skills competition win.

  6. mojosmagic - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Ottawa fans screwed a lot of guys by stuffing the ballot box for their own. JOKE!!! Your team still sucks!!!!!!

  7. byrds71 - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    While he will still be on the All-Star Team, it is ajoke that he is not starting over any body playing for the Sens. This is typical of the Bettman League, unfortunately.

  8. jkay1818 - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    who cares? starting in this game means the least of the 4 major sports. Their first shift will be around 45 seconds to a minute long. giroux will end up getting more playing time than the senators players anyway.

  9. cakrywyj - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    That’s what’s hilarious about people getting fired up about this. He’s still going to be on the team!! What does a starting line mean in hockey? Very little. Sometimes a 4th line will start a game depending on matchups. That.. And it’s a all star game that’s a bit different than baseball.. “this time it doesn’t matter….at all. Not even a little bit.”

  10. somekat - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    G is the best player in the NHL right now, for him not to start is a joke

    That being said, the NHL’s voting system is by far the worst. EVERY year, the home team has 3-4 starters, no matter how bad or good they are. There is a reason the NHL all-star break gets the least amount of attention next to the pro bowl, because it’s not really an all-star team.

    Either weight the votes with fan votes counting less, or let them vote, and their top 2 choices at each position get on the team if not voted in by players/coaches, not start, get on the team.

    • comeonnowguys - Jan 6, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      “G is the best player in the NHL right now”


      “for him not to start is a joke”


  11. chaser44 - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    so glad that when I was looking at getting a new flyers jersey 2 years ago I went with a giroux rather than a carter jersey like I originally wanted. kid is a beast and will be the a top 3 forward in the league for years.

  12. gotgiroux - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    I think everyone knows that politics will always win. I have to agree he will still be on the team. He is no doubt the best player in the NHL. He will prolly be part of some sick skills challenges

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