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Report: Ovechkin might skip All-Star Game, Toews won’t attend

Jan 24, 2012, 12:27 AM EDT

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The 2012 All-Star Game’s list of stars keeps shrinking.

Nicklas Lidstrom and Teemu Selanne decided to play the seniority card to sit this one out. Injuries are the most common escape hatch for other players likely to find themselves on the sidelines and more last-minute omissions are rolling in by the day. (TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Jonathan Toews is out, as expected, by the way.)

Alex Ovechkin likes to add new wrinkles to these events, so it only makes sense that he might do something unusual. McKenzie reports that the sting of Ovechkin’s recently announced three-game suspension might prompt him to take that All-Star break vacation, after all.

The Washington Times’ Stephen Whyno transcribed McKenzie’s comments:

“The word out of Washington tonight is that at this point Alexander Ovechkin does not want to go to the All-Star weekend as a suspended player,” Bob McKenzie said. “No firm decision’s been made on anything, but all accounts would lead us to believe that there will be some decisions in Washington [Tuesday] with the Capitals, with Ovechkin about this issue. I would bet right now that Alexander Ovechkin’s going to want to withdraw from the NHL All-Star Game.”

For those who worry that Ovechkin might get suspended again for sitting out the game, McKenzie guesses that the NHL wouldn’t stack another one for missing the event. (If he ends up missing it at all, that is.)

  1. bostonsfullofrats - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:35 AM


  2. shannysux - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    boo hoo

  3. murtdurt - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Maybe he took a look at the stats and realized he should’t be there anyway.

  4. goforthanddie - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    I can see a sort of childish logic in his not wanting to go.

  5. dcend58 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    All star games are a waste of time anyway

  6. seaner44 - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    Breaking News. The All Star game will suck as usual

  7. blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:11 AM

    Good. Maybe now they can add James Neal.Who actually deserves to go.

  8. wheresdapuck - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:55 AM

    If I was suspended, I would not go!

    • gooterbaby - Jan 24, 2012 at 6:48 AM

      Did he really deserve three games for that hit?…no he didn’t but he might as well skip the all-star game to make the league realize he still has more marketability than most of the other players in the game who arnt hurt atm.

      • cshearing - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:43 AM

        He deserved 3 games for that hit. Get over it.

  9. pastabelly - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    He didn’t deserve to go anyway. So the league and NBC will have to live with less viewers from the Washington/Baltimore area. Life will go on. The right thing to do here would be to get Patrice Bergeron at the event. Is there anyone out there who believes that Ovechkin has actually outplayed Bergeron the past two seasons?

    • bcjim - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      Since beginning of last season

      Ovechkin 52g 72a 124p
      Bergeron 37g 61a 98p

      Bergeron is a C right? He should at least have more assists…

      • botlecap - Jan 24, 2012 at 9:36 AM

        and this year ovie is 20-19-39 with a -4 in 47 games while bergeron is 15-26-41 and a +27 in 46 games.

  10. jamesmakesurmomneil - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    BooHoo, no ovi n his bush league antics this year. The weekend will suffer without him wearing a stupid hat n glasses. Hopefully this opens the door for James Neal!! A real all star. Knowing the NHL they will prob snub him and let that Ginger Hartnell in.

  11. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    yea no one cares about that ugly ginger who is lucky as hell. he should retire right now because he probably won’t score another goal in his life. pens are better than flyers

  12. johnny696 - Jan 24, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Maybe he is making a political statement by not going…

  13. napoleonblownapart6887 - Jan 24, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    If Ovie wants to sulk because he got suspended that’s fine, but even though I’m a Pens fan and can’t stand AO, the all-star game is the kind of free-wheeling all offensive game where he can do some cool things… even if his real game seems to be really lagging, it would have been cool to see him make some nifty plays at the all-star game.

    As for the suspensions, it’s really pretty simple. You have a guy like Zybanek Michalek who (to my knowledge) has never had any run-ins with the league, who came out and said, “I screwed up… I thought he was going into the boards low to begin with but I still take responsibility for the hit,” versus a repeat offender who offered no such remorse; it’s that simple.

    • kantnockdahustle89 - Jan 24, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      The logic here is that Michalek hit a guy in the head from behind. Yes he is not a repeat offender but since he got off this time he continues to not be on the list of offenders. If it happens again, you use the same argument over and over.

      The fact that Michalek admitted his mistake and still didnt pay the price besides a penalty, that part I dont get. Ovechkin did not receive a penalty in the game and clearly hit Michalek in the body that carried him higher and gets 3 games? Yes he jumped and I believe he should have been suspended but 3 games is a bit drastic considering the circumstances.

      Let me ask everyone else this too…why doesnt good behavior warrant a little bit of leeway? If a player is clean without suspension or a hearing for a year or more shouldnt they be allowed to make mistake one time or another? Especially when players are the physical type? Sure a blatant elbow or head shot are different but Id say in Ovechkins case he was trying to make a hit not to injure a player on purpose.

  14. dolanster - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Maybe he can deliver another suspension-worthy hit IN the All-star Game — and end up with 6 games, that would rule.

  15. selehr - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Ovechkin is obviously “sticking it” to the NHL for giving him a 3-game suspension (which he received for being a repeat offender). Sad thing is the All-Star game is for the fans. That’s who he’s really “sticking it” to… His actions show no class. And if the Washington Capital’s management had any sense, one of them would have sat Ovechkin down and pointed this out to him.

    Ovechkin is setting a really bad precedent here. IMO, Ovechkin’s name should be excluded from all future NHL All-Star ballots nor should he be considered for an invitation. Ovechkin has shown he’s not deserving of the honor.

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