Alex Edler will not be in the Hardest Shot contest, let’s all be outraged

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” While I have no proof of it, it seems like Alex Edler has taken Roosevelt’s philosophy on foreign policy as his own personal philosophy. Edler is quiet, humble, and reserved, but also has a massive slap shot from the point.

Edler is a three-time winner of the hardest shot competition at Canucks Superskills, and topped out the radar gun at 103 mph in 2009. This is what makes Daniel Alredsson’s decision not to use Edler in the Hardest Shot competition at this year’s All-Star Game absolutely baffling.

Instead, Team Alfredsson will field Shea Weber, Jason Spezza, Alfredsson, and rookie Justin Faulk.

Weber is an obvious choice, having hit 104.8 mph in last year’s All-Star Game, and Spezza is understandable as well: he won the hardest shot competition during Sens Skills with a 103.8 mph slap shot. Each team had to appoint one rookie, but why did Alfredsson appoint himself over Edler or Steven Stamkos, who finished fourth at last year’s All-Star Game with a 101.9 mph slap shot?

I am outraged! Outraged, I say!

While Alfredsson is known for having a good slap shot, the biggest news he’s ever made with it is when he shot the puck at Scott Neidermayer in game four of the 2007 Stanley Cup Final. He has to feel awfully confident in himself to eschew two players who can shoot above 100 mph.

It’s especially frustrating as Edler was a dark horse pick for many to win the event. I know Canucks fans were especially excited to see how Edler’s shot stacked up against the best in the league, and Marc Crawford picked Edler as his winner on TSN, not realizing that he wasn’t even named as one of the entrants on the board displayed right in front of his desk.

It makes me wonder if the “speak softly” side of Edler caused him to escape Alfredsson’s notice. With Edler being so quiet and humble, he might not have spoken up if the players were asked about what part of the skills competition they wanted to participate in. Heck, Alfredsson may have just forgotten he exists. It happened at the draft. Edler was, after all, the last defenseman picked — Mr. Defensive Irrelevant, if you will.

Or maybe Alfredsson and Henrik Lundqvist, who helped him make his picks, simply don’t know that Edler has a hard shot because they play on the east coast and don’t see a lot of west coast hockey. As potential evidence for that, Alfredsson and Lundqvist initially didn’t even have Daniel Sedin in the accuracy contest, which he won last year, going 8-for-9 over two rounds.

Hopefully that isn’t the case. They did name both Sedins to the passing accuracy segment of the skills relay, as well as naming Henrik and Edler as passers for the accuracy contest and Edler as a passer for the one-timers segment of the skills relay. So they at least are aware that the three Canucks are all superb passers. Maybe I should give them a bit more credit.

After all, only 4 players could be named to the hardest shot competition for each team. With one of them having to be a rookie, Edler may have just been a casualty of having such a limited selection.

For Team Chara, Cody Hodgson will be the rookie entrant in the accuracy competition. Hodgson went 4-for-6 during the Canucks Superskills, though he clearly thought he had gone 4-for-4. One of his shots rang off the post instead. He could be a dark horse for that event, which will undoubtedly kick off another Cody Hodgson Controversy: How dare he help Team Chara win! Does Hodgson want out of Vancouver?! Has he demanded a trade to Boston?! THERE IS NO OTHER EXPLANATION!!!

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13 comments

  1. Zach Morris
    January 27, 2012

    what? you didn’t make an outrage meter for Team Alfredsson?
    Outrageous!

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    • Zach Morris
      January 27, 2012

      also, Brenden Morrison was just traded to the Blackhawks.
      If that isn’t a recipe for furor, I don’t know what is.

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      • swizzler
        January 27, 2012

        BMo almost seems determined to make the Canucks regret not re-signing him. What next? will he sign with the Bruins in the summer???

        Yet another jersey I don’t wish to see him wearing. eurgh

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  2. chicken chick
    January 27, 2012

    Like you I watched the All-Star draw
    And was amused by what I saw:
    Poor Zdeno Chara couldn’t win
    Whether or not he chose a twin -
    Had he done so he’d be an ass,
    Not doing so he’s lacking class,
    And so it was I had to laugh:
    Whate’er he did would be a gaffe.

    But did you see at BC Place
    Our ladies fight to win a place
    In the Olympics next July,
    Sinclair a major reason why?
    Did you like me scream, “Way to go!”
    As they defeated Mexico?

    Chicken Chick

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  3. madwag
    January 27, 2012

    danielson: nice introduction! my compliments, but thou shall not end a sentence with a preposition:
    “competition they wanted to participate in” should be, please in the interests of the preservation of correct grammar, “competition in which they wanted to participate.” cheers!

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    • Harrison Mooney
      January 27, 2012

      No sir, when it comes to ending sentences with a preposition, the old rule is no longer hard and fast. It’s now a matter of preference, and I’d argue that it’s a matter not just of preference, but about the rhythm of the sentence.

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      • madwag
        January 28, 2012

        well, sir, u’d b rite accept excepting changes two the excepted waze of doin’ thins can seduce the chances of gud cummmicatun ocuring. sides the rhythum u refur too is sew mush beter wen the proposition is proprietly plased. ore so eyed argu.

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        • J21
          January 28, 2012

          Because that’s exactly the same as a universally-understood dangling preposition.

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  4. zach
    January 28, 2012

    can’t help but think of George Harrison every time I read the words “dark horse” classic.

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    • Josh
      January 28, 2012

      You aren’t the only one.

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  5. tCL of OTP
    January 28, 2012

    Can we please steer this back to righteous indignation and irrational hysteria? Please?

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    • Zach Morris
      January 28, 2012

      Cody Hodgson grew up in Toronto.
      He probably went to Boston at least once.

      THEY GOT TO HIM BEFORE WE COULD
      HE’S SHOWING HIS TRUE COLOURS

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  6. RG
    January 28, 2012

    CoHo was defaulted to Team Chara.
    http://vansunsportsblogs.com/2012/01/26/edler-and-the-sedins-join-team-sweden-at-the-nhl-all-star-game/

    While not Canuck-relevant, it should be noted that Chara picked Price. What’s that all about? I hope Price abandons his net in his respective period, allowing a worst-of-all-time GAA (>15 would be nice) and a save percentage of .000! Take THAT, Team Chara!

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