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All-Star snubs — who’s on your list?

Jan 12, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

Patrice Bergeron Getty Images

The NHL released its full 2012 All-Star Game roster today. As always, there are names that are missing that maybe shouldn’t be.

First let’s get to the snubs that aren’t really snubs.

Jordan Eberle (Edmonton) – He’d be there. Except if he’s hurt. See?

Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit) and Teemu Selanne (Anaheim) – They’d be there. Except they’re each 41 years old and they’d rather use the break to rest up and/or play canasta.

Now, on to the rest.

Scott Hartnell (Philadelphia) – Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said it would be “criminal” if Hartnell didn’t make it. Alas, Philly already has four players going to the game – Claude Giroux and Kimmo Timonen as veterans, Sean Couturier and Matt Read as rookies. Hartnell isn’t the flashiest guy on the ice and some believe he’s only putting up big numbers because he’s playing with good line-mates. Makes it easier to cross him off the list.

Patrice Bergeron (Boston) – Like Hartnell, Bergeron was squeezed out by his teammates. The Bruins are already sending Zdeno Chara, Tyler Seguin and Tim Thomas to Ottawa. Bergeron will have to make do with the 2012 Selke Trophy and the knowledge every NHL general manager would take him over Jason Pominville.

James Neal (Pittsburgh) – Only five players have more goals than Neal (21), with all five making the All-Star team. Of course, Neal is also playing with a broken foot. Chances are he won’t mind a few days without putting his skates on.

Nicklas Backstrom (Washington) – Deserved the nod over teammate Alex Ovechkin, but is currently out with concussion symptoms with no timetable set for his return. Likely a factor.

Mike Smith (Phoenix) – Has the best numbers (.924 SV%) of any goalie (min. 20 games) that didn’t make the cut. Has better numbers than Carey Price, who did.

Other snub candidates include Tomas Vanek (Buffalo), Patrik Elias (New Jersey), Patrick Sharp (Chicago), Kris Versteeg (Florida), Jason Garrison (Florida), and… anyone else? We’ve probably snubbed some snubs.

  1. mickeyb21 - Jan 12, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    The entire Blues team. Yes, they don’t have any one guy leading the team. I guess that is their problem. Number 2 in the west with a good team system. Still should have recognized more than just their back-up goaltender.

    • bcjim - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      While its hard to argue his record, I hate the ^%*^er and that smug ^(%#ing look he always has on his face.

  2. miketoasty - Jan 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Marc Andre Fleury. Without him the Pens would be a lot lower on the standings than where they are now. All they need is a little more scoring with this guy in net and they should get a playoff spot.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      Sounds more like an argument for team MVP.

    • jkay1818 - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      Fleury has been nothing short of mediocre. A lot more deserving goalies were snubbed than him.

      • psujay - Jan 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

        Sometimes you get highlight real saves with athleticism, meanwhile a better goalie was already in position so they didn’t have the highlight reel save. Fleury is the former. He’s certainly a starting NHL goalie, but he’s not an All-Star at this point in his career.

  3. bcisleman - Jan 12, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Matt Moulson = 20-16-36, +5 on a team that is, I think, -30.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      Good numbers, but the Islanders get one all-star.

  4. bigtganks - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Brad Marchand

    • davebabychreturns - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      Unfortunately the Skills Competition doesn’t have a limbo event.

      • bigtganks - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        lol, my post was dripping with sarcasm.

      • haterzgonahate - Jan 12, 2012 at 5:30 PM

        gotta be a way they can incorporate some sort of “rat race” for the skills competition seeing as being an agitator is becoming a valuable asset these days.

      • howiehandles - Jan 12, 2012 at 7:47 PM

        Would be fun to see the Burrows, Marchands, etc, get thrown out there, and have them cheap shot each other to one is left standing.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    It’s gotta be Scott Hartnell. He has 37 pts. (T-12th) and a +/- of 19 (T-7th).

  6. mattryannolan - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Loui Eriksson. Enough said.

  7. bostonhasrealhockey - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Bergeron hands down best defensive forward and Hartnell is a beast as well. All star voting is a joke .

    • odj810 - Jan 12, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      agree seguin is one of my favorite players being a boston fan but i woulda had bergeron and hartnell over him and a few otehr players

  8. travishenryskid - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Every NHL GM would take him over Pominville? Hahahaha! This guy gets paid to write about hockey?

    • Jason Brough - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      By all means, please state your case.

    • bigtganks - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      Hate the Bruins, but yah, I’d take him easily over Pominville as well.

    • kingskid98 - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      Love the Sabres but Bergeron is all around a better player.

      • travishenryskid - Jan 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

        Easy… Both are the top defensive forwards on there teams, both would be selke candidates if Buffalo had a better record. Bergeron has missed MANY games in his career due to injury, Pominville has missed 9 TOTAL. Pominville wears a C, Bergeron wears an A. Very similar players, but Pominville has proven to be more offensively gifted throughout his career and far more durable. Pominville is BY FAR the most underrated player in hockey. What would people be saying about him if he had Thomas and Chara behind him? I know… that he’s better than Bergeron.

        Bergeron Career – .75 ppg, .26 gpg

        Pominville Career – .8 ppg, .31 gpg

      • drewsylvania - Jan 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

        Kinda have to watch both guys play in order to see how good they are defensively.

    • travishenryskid - Jan 12, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      What, did I lay out too many facts for y’all to comprehend on my post below? If any of you thumbs down can make a factual argument without saying “have you watched them play”, because A. I have, and B. you are not an NHL scout, and C. every single tangible category throughout their careers is in Pominville’s favor, go for it. Please try.

      • bigtganks - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:34 AM

        Look, I get your hate for the Bruins, I’m there with you as a Canucks fan, but you’re getting smoked in the thumbs up and down aspect. Bergeron is hands down better than Pominville. That’s saying something with Canucks and Sabres fans are even telling you you’re crazy and wrong.

  9. gsprulz - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Pretty disappointed only 1 shark made it and yet our coach did is pretty interesting.

  10. proudliberal85392 - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Not only Mike Smith from Coyotes, but how about Radim Vrbata?

  11. pastabelly - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Bergeron is a better player than Pominville. In all honesty, he’s a more valuable player than Seguin. If they were going to take three Bruins, it should be Thomas, Chara, and Bergeron.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      I might even go Thomas, Bergeron, Seguin. Chara gives the puck away too often.

      Bergeron is amazing at both offense and defense. Seguin is half the player Bergeron is on D, and has only two more points.

      • odj810 - Jan 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM

        chara is the best defenseman in the league. he does cough up the puck, but he is the most dominating player. He makes Juggernaut lines disapear. And though he turns the puck over from time to time he almost always gets it back with his ability to reach halfway across the ice

      • imleftcoast - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:25 PM

        Chara is an octopus, and they should call him more for the holding. On the other hand, he played nearly 30 minutes a game in the Finals, and he was a huge difference. You’d be mental not to have Chara on the all-star team.

  12. drewsylvania - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Amusingly, Marchand not too far off Bergeron’s points per game, and is a good penalty killer. It’d have been funny if he’d made it.

    • odj810 - Jan 12, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      love him or hate him he is talented.

  13. thatsdoinit - Jan 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Eberle should be there. Top ten in scoring in the league while playing on a bottom five team?

    • thatsdoinit - Jan 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      Whoops. Maybe I should click on the links. Or finally join twitter.

      Fuck. Never mind.

  14. ballsooharduniversity - Jan 12, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Olli Jokinen

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