Every year there are surprises and disappointments when it comes to selecting the two All-Star Teams and this year won’t be any different. There are always players that are All-Stars but find themselves shunned and out of the the honorable lineup. This year I feel as though the lineup should look as follows:
- The Arlington Heights Daily Herald notes, even after the Ducks dealt Andy McDonald to clear cap space that the Blackhawks are one of several clubs inquiring about Ducks hard-hitting D Francois Beauchemin as the Ducks may still be looking to create more room for a possible Teemu Selanne return. Beauchemin would not come cheaply, as an inexpensive blueliner capable of logging 28 minutes per game.
In Montreal’s 5-2 win over Washington Thursday night, Canadiens fans got an up-close look at a superstar who could very well be wearing the CH in the near future: Alexander Ovechkin. Ovechkin, who will be a restricted free agent after this season, is earning a modest $1.3 million. While the Capitals thought they would be able to secure the Russian star with a Sidney Crosby-type contract (close to $8.7 million a year for five years), Ovechkin’s camp is apparently thinking something more in the $9-$10-million range, according to Jack Todd of The Gazette. And with Russian teammate Alexander Semin also taking on restricted free agent status next off-season, Washington will be hard put to satisfy both. And for the NHL to have a player like Ovechkin in a market like Washington is a crime.
Talk of trading Kaberle for Marleau is intriguing and is something that I hope JFJ is exploring. One for one is not good enough… more would need to com TO’s way.