As expected, the NHL's leader in scoring was named as a reserve to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team today. Jeff Carter is a first-time all-star.
The East and West have alternated wins since 2003 when the Conference vs Conference was re-implimented, and if that pattern holds true, the West will win in 2009. But this is one of the scariest looking Eastern rosters in recent memory. Along with Carter are Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Eric Staal, Zach Parise, Dany Heatley, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Marc Savard, just to name a few.
If you ask me, Kimmo Timonen and Mike Richards were snubbed... but let's not get started with the whole all-star voting process. We know it's a joke, and there are more important things to worry about.
Like, for example, what to do about the salary cap situation when Danny Briere comes back. He could be back in the next week or two, and when he is inserted back into the lineup, the Flyers will be well over the cap. Could we see a trade? There have been rumors that perhaps Glen Metropolit or Scottie Upshall will be shown the door, but it seems Holmgren is trying to find a way around making a trade. He may have started his manuvering today when defenseman Lasse Kukkonen was placed on waivers. It's his second trip to the waiver wire this season.
Thirdly, tonight's game between the Flyers and Wild will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet as usual, but tonight will be a little different.
Comcast SportsNet, the leader in local sports coverage, takes viewers backstage throughout Thursday’s Flyers game broadcast against the Minnesota Wild. Beginning at 7 p.m., this all-access game broadcast will take fans behind the dashers to see the Flyers' game-day preparations, from the players' arrival at the arena to the lights going out at the end of the night.
In addition to live game action, the broadcast will feature behind-the-scenes access to player warm-ups, equipment, ice and arena preparations, last-minute coaching decisions and in-game activities in the press box where the Flyers beat reporters cover the action. Viewers will also see how Comcast SportsNet prepares for each game broadcast. Featured players and executives include Scott Hartnell, Mike Knuble, Riley Cote, John Stevens, Paul Holmgren and Peter Luukko.
-- Flyers team release
As a broadcasting major and a complete nerd for these types of things, I'm pumped about this. Hopefully, though, it doesn't take away from the actual game broadcast.