Those of you that follow that other blog I write for already know my opinions when it comes to naming the captains for the NHL All-Star Game, but here’s a quick summary for the rest: the game is meaningless. The only thing that matters to players is being named to it. That in mind, rather than letting fans vote players into the game, which is far less of an honour than being selected by the league, let fans vote for the team captains.
This is my vision for the future. Unfortunately, the league doesn’t share it, and the captains have once again been hand-picked by the suits. They are: Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators and Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins.
Since this is a Canucks blog, you probably want to know what this means for Vancouver’s All-Star game representatives, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Alex Edler. The short answer: nothing, since the game means nothing.
That said, with the two personalities involved, we may have enough information to project that all three Canucks will wind up on the same team.
As you may know, the Canucks and the Bruins aren’t exactly close. Plenty of teams have clashed in the Stanley Cup Final in recent years, but no two teams have carried over as much resentment as these two. Maybe it has something to do with Aaron Rome stabbing Nathan Horton with a trident. Maybe it’s from when Alex Burrows fed Patrice Bergeron through a wood chipper. Maybe it’s due to Brad Marchand plucking Daniel Sedin’s eyes out Beatrix Kiddo-style. I don’t know. I’m a blogger, not a historian.
All I know is Chara, like the rest of the Bruins, hates the Canucks with a fire hotter than the three suns that heat his home planet.
When asked about Chara’s leanings, Milan Lucic said, “I’m pretty sure there won’t be any Canucks on Z’s team,” and while he was kidding, it’s probably safe to assume that he also sort of wasn’t.
Now, if this bothers you, I’d urge you to save your outrage for a game with some meaning. If the All-Star Game had playoff implications, for instance, Chara, like any reasonable person, would lay down his grudges and assemble the best team, like the Avengers. It doesn’t, however, so he’s more than welcome to snub a few Red Hulks.
But never fear, because the NHL clearly selected its captains with the Canucks in mind. Knowing that two Canuck-hating captains would turn the final three rounds into a “You take him, I don’t want him” situation, forcing the Canuck All-Stars to break off and form their own team of misfits like in that movie Little Giants (with asthmatics, fat kids, preteen girls, and Devon Sawa as Alex Edler) the league chose Daniel Alfredsson to be Chara’s foil.
Maybe it’s the Swede-heavy core, and maybe it’s the fact that he won an Olympic gold with the Sedins, but for whatever reason, Alfredsson likes the Canucks. You’ll recall that, in the wake of Mark Recchi’s comments about the Canucks being the most arrogant, hateable team ever — the Kanye Wests of hockey, if you will — Alfredsson was asked why people hate them so much. His answer: “I don’t.” He then proceeded to break out his acoustic guitar and sing a song he wrote about best friendship.
In any case, it would be an absolute shocker if Henrik and Daniel wound up separated this year, which is just fine with me and it should be fine with everybody. They’ve never played on the same team at an All-Star Game before, and since a large part of their superstar appeal is their creepy twin game, it’s about bloody time they got to showcase it.Tags: all-star game, Bruins, chara, Sedins