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KHL All-Star Game top lines loaded with NHLers

Dec 14, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT

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Locked-out NHLers in the KHL have excelled in the league and won over fans, as evidenced by the KHL’s announced starting goaltenders and lineups for the 2013 All-Star Game. The starters for Team West and Team East were determined by a fan ballot.

Team West’s starting goaltender will be Semyon Varlamov, who only narrowly beat Pekka Rinne. Team West will also feature Zdeno Chara, Pavel Datsyuk, Alex Ovechkin, and Ilya Kovalchuk.

That leaves defenseman Alexander Ryazantsev as the lone member of Team West’s starting lineup that isn’t a locked-out NHLer.

Team East isn’t quite as dominated by the NHL, but they will feature Sergei Gonchar, Evgeni Malkin, and Sergei Kostitsyn.

Evgeny Kuznetsov will also be part of Team East after the Washington Capitals took him in the first round of the 2010 draft. However, Kuznetsov planned to play in the KHL this season regardless of the NHL’s CBA situation.

Malkin ended up with the most votes while Datsyuk topped the Team West selection. Ovechkin ranked third overall.

The full rosters for the 2013 All-Star Game haven’t been determined yet and the league’s all-star weekend is January 12-13. Obviously, if the NHL and union manage to come to a CBA agreement in the not too distant future, that will complicate the KHL’s plans.

  1. sportsfan69 - Dec 14, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    KHL, who cares?

    • blomfeld - Dec 14, 2012 at 8:39 PM

      Comrade Sportsfan69 – Trust me friend, anyone living west of the Oder doesn’t give a hoot about this ! :)

      • sportsfan69 - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:50 PM

        Comrade Blomfeld, I agree who wants to go to the Kessel now?

    • thedavesiknowiknow - Dec 14, 2012 at 8:58 PM

      Soon to be the more powerful league? It could happen.

      • blomfeld - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:41 PM

        Sorry friend, but even if the legal vermin now succeeds in destroying the NHL, it will still go down in history as the greatest professional hockey league ever ! :) The KHL is to the NHL, what a chicken might be to the mighty Brontosaurus !

      • thedavesiknowiknow - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:29 AM

        blomfeld: This is my all-time favorite video response! Well done. To go on about the statement I made: right now (for all intents and purposes) there is no NHL. Depending on how long this goes on (there’s no chance of a season this year), players might stay. Then it becomes a question of who those players might be: Malkin? Datsyuk? Ovechkin? Does Stamkos immigrate? Crosby? You never know with athletes. They care about money. My loyalty lies with where the least drama is, and who has the better talent pool and the better product. The NHL’s product has been suffering (on and off) for decades. This is 3 too many lockouts in my lifetime. I’m not going to be one of those people who go off and say I’m never supporting the NHL again. It’s one of the few vices in Buffalo, and to be honest, I don’t know what I’d do if I swore off hockey. I could go on about the economics, etc. but for once my paying too much to see a niche sport is paying off: I’m earning 4% interest on my entire payment for the season. I say lock-on! Oh, for my money, the best hockey in North America is the World Juniors (that includes the NHL). The kids really lay it on the line before agents get a hold of them!

      • blomfeld - Dec 15, 2012 at 2:34 AM

        Comrade Thedavesiknowiknow …

        I hear you friend and I’m with you ! Yes it looks bleak right now and everything you say is true enough. But now is not the time for our faith in the game to be shattered like this ! No doubt, fellow hockey fans are dropping like “ninepins” all around us. The constant “negativity” being spewed upon this website is not unlike some “withering” French volley being laid into us, causing us all to pause and reassess. Yet to hell with that I say ! Let us now close rank and press home the attack with even greater zeal ! We will have hockey this year, as God is our witness ! :)

  2. malkinrulez - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    People who actually enjoy watching hockey care! Rather watch khl than bettman and fehr stare at each other.

  3. fortwaynekomets - Dec 15, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    I have already replaced the NHL to the ECHL. its not the same talent, but you’d be shocked how many draft picks and NHLers are playing in the league right now. its awesome, Ryan Reaves, Devin Settagucci, Brandon Dubinski, Ryan Clowe, etc. the list goes on and on. It’s way better than the KHL, in my opinion. but then again I hate the euro-trash game they bring to North American Hockey.

    For 30 bucks a month I get unlimited ECHL hockey on America One Sports online, including access to the Video On Demand archives of past games!!!

    ps. I do not work for the ECHL, I am promoting it out of pure passion for my team, the Fort Wayne Komets, who are celebrating their 60th season with the legendary rink announcer Bob Chase!

    Don’t let the NHL ruin your families Christmas! I know there is no way to explain this to the kids, but take them to your local AHL or ECHL teams games! The tradition lives on!

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