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If he isn’t named an All-Star, Ovechkin is going on vacation

Jan 12, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin AP

Later today, the NHL will announce the remaining selections to the 2012 All-Star Game. Six players have already booked their tickets to Ottawa for the Jan. 29 affair — but one of them isn’t perennial All-Star Alex Ovechkin.

In fact, Ovechkin might not be going to Ottawa at all in light of his subpar campaign — not that he has a problem with it. When asked if he would be disappointed about not making the ASG for the first time in his career, No. 8 replied: “No, because I’m going to straight up to vacation somewhere.”

/applies zinc oxide to nose
//orders umbrella drink

“I’d love to go there [Ottawa] but you never know what’s going to happen, if I’m going to be picked or not. So we’ll see,” Ovechkin told the  Washington Post. “My team right now, we have lots of guys who can be an All Star but I don’t know; it’s not my decision, it’s league decision but I’d love to be there.”

It’ll be interesting to see if Ovechkin gets the nod. Recently, a panel of NHL.com writers compiled their projections of the 24 All-Star forwards, and Ovi wasn’t one of them.

  1. lebcapsfan - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    The All-Star is nothing more than a dog and pony show… If I was Ovechkin, I’d go on vacation, rest myself, and come back recharged for the second half of the season.

  2. ballistictrajectory - Jan 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Or he could follow the Koharsky rule and have another donut.

  3. stakex - Jan 12, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Fair or not, Ovechkin will probably be picked. The All-Star game is about parading the biggest names of the sport in front of the media for a couple days in an effort to build popularity for the sport. While Ovechkin might be struggling at the moment, hes still one of the biggest names in the NHL… and I can’t see the league leaving him out of the AS game.

  4. nasaboy98 - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Backstrom should get the nod before OV. Just Sayin

  5. jpelle82 - Jan 12, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    i recommend Barbados this time of year. the drinking water is some of the best stuff in the world since its naturally filtered through limestone and coral aquifers…great for the morning after rum runners with little umbrellas

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