NHL All-Star Game
As always, there are some pretty notable snubs who will not be attending the festivities. Here are three from the local teams, as well as four others from outside the area.
When the Islanders traded for Jaroslav Halak’s rights and then signed him to a four-year, $18 million contract over the summer, they envisioned a horse No. 1 goalie who could carry them to new heights. So far, so good.
A large part of Bettman’s role as commissioner is to successfully market the game, avoid labor unrest and protect the health of the league. He’s failed spectacularly in each of these areas throughout his tenure.
Now the two can go back to combining their talents and creating headaches for the rest of the league.
The Rangers head into the All-Star break leading the Eastern Conference. And much of that credit goes to the players buying in to John Tortorella’s philosophy.
Dan Girardi is finally getting national recognition for his value to the Rangers.
The NHL’s All-Star teams will be selected by Eric Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom. They have been appointed captains for the Jan. 30 game in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will lead teams carrying their names.