The NHL released its full 2012 All-Star Game roster today. As always, there are names that are missing that maybe shouldn’t be and this is the article to recognize the “All-Star Snubs Roster List”.The All-Star game captains have yet to be announced, but they will divide the players into two teams fantasy draft style on January 26.
So we at SportsRantz will tell you our Snubs Roster list and well, there is no other way to prolong releasing our list so let’s just get to the list!
Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit) and Teemu Selanne (Anaheim) – They’d be there. Except they’re each 41 years old and they’d rather use the break to rest up and both players opted out. Hence why Perry made the All-Star game because the league took Selanne’s advice and gave his bid to the young star.
Florida Panthers forward Kris Versteeg is one player who deserves to be on the All-Star roster, but won’t make the game unless injuries or other circumstances open up a spot for him. Kris Versteeg has 39 points this season on 17 goals and 22 assists, and is on pace to score 78 points this year, which would shatter his previous career high of 53 and Versteeg has been amazing for the Panthers and is a primary reason the team is playing so well right now.If hockey wants to succeed in Florida, it needs to recognize the players on those teams doing well. The omission of Versteeg was a terrible move by the league.
The young Edmonton Oilers winger, Jordan Eberle, is the only player in the top 10 in scoring not to make the All-Star game roster. I understand Jordan Eberle is young and will get his chances to make the All-Star game, but he is very deserving given the fact he has been a consistent offensive threat on one of the youngest and most inexperienced teams in the NHL. Eberle leads the Oilers in scoring and is a much more deserving player for the game than Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars, who made the roster. Despite being injured, Eberle should have been recognized with a selection then replaced because of his injury.
The Vancouver Canucks defenseman, Kevin Bieksa has played very well in his own zone this season and has even been a threat offensively as well. Bieksa ranked seventh in the NHL among defensemen with 25 points on four goals and 21 assists. His leadership and tremendous defensive play has helped the Canucks rise back to the top of the Western Conference standings after the team’s poor start to the season. He is an underrated player that still does not get the credit he deserves as a top-tier NHL defenseman.
The Boston Bruins center, Patrice Bergeron is the most deserving All-Star game candidate from the defending Stanley Cup champions, even more than young star Tyler Seguin, who made the roster. Bergeron is the leading Frank J. Selke Trophy candidate for his tremendous defensive play this season, and his play making and passing abilities have been so important to the Bruins’ success this season.Bergeron is second on the Bruins in points, and ranks among the best faceoff men in the NHL.
The Philadelphia Flyers Forward, Scotty Hartnell got a huge snub from the All-Star roster. Coach Peter Laviolette said it would be “criminal” if Hartnell didn’t make it. Alas, Philly already has four players going to the game – Claude Giroux and Kimmo Timonen as veterans, Sean Couturier and Matt Read as rookies. Hartnell isn’t the flashiest guy on the ice and some believe he’s only putting up big numbers because he’s playing with good line-mates. Makes it easier to cross him off the list. However, Hartnell was deserving of an All-Star nod, as he is on pace for a career-high 36 goals and 74 points. He has played a big role in the success of the Flyers’ top line with Giroux and Jaromir Jagr.
Washington Capitals Forward, Nicklas Backstrom is like the rest of the list as being a top player for his team and easily snubbed for other players. While most players in the Capitals lineup have had their fair share of ups and downs – including Alex Ovechkin, who was named an All-Star. Backstrom has 42 points in 38 games this season and has been incredibly consistent despite the team’s underachievement. Injury aside, Backstrom deserves to be in the All-Star Game and more deserving than that of Alex Ovechkin.
LA Kings Center Anze Kopitar, who has made two All-Star appearances in his young career, falls under the same hat as Backstrom. The Kings have obviously disappointed for most of this season, but that hasn’t stopped Kopitar from having a fine first half. He has 37 points on a team that has struggled (mightily) to score goals and has only four players with 20-plus points. Kopitar deserves to be a part of the All-Star game.
Pittsburgh Penguins Forward, James Neal was indeed snubbed and only 1 Penguin made the All-Star list. Only five players have more goals than Neal (21), with all five making the All-Star team. Of course, Neal is also playing with a broken foot and chances are he won’t mind a few days without putting his skates on; but that isn’t the issue here. A top player like Neal should have at least been given the roster spot as he is definitely a Star in the NHL.
Phoenix Coyotes Goaltender, Mike Smith not getting an All-Star nod is shocking just by looking at his numbers! One of the biggest snubs has to go to Mike Smith. And he has the best numbers (.924 SV%) of any goalie (min. 20 games) that didn’t make the cut. Also has better numbers than Carey Price, who did make the All-Star game.
Other snub candidates include Tomas Vanek (Buffalo), Patrik Elias (New Jersey), Patrick Sharp (Chicago), Jason Garrison (Florida), Zach Parise (New Jersey) , Loui Eriksson ( Dallas Stars),
Flyers Remove Statue of Kate Smith
The Philadelphia Flyers have joined the New York Yankees in the removal of ties to singer Kate Smith, whose famous rendition of “God Bless America” was played at both Flyers and Yankees games.
Earlier this week, the Yankees decided to suspend the use of Smith’s rendition, which was played during the seventh-inning stretch, while they investigated allegations of racism against the later singer.
According to a report from the New York Daily News, there are conflicting claims about Smith’s 1939 song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” which
originated in the 1931 Broadway revue “George White’s Scandals” and was considered satire but includes racist language, including the line;
“Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.”
The song was recorded by Smith and Paul Robeson, who was black.
The Flyers put out the following statement on Sunday (h/t ESPN):
“The Flyers have enjoyed a long and popular relationship with ‘God Bless America,’ as performed by the late Kate Smith, a woman who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor for her patriotic contributions to our nation.
“But in recent days, we learned that several of the songs Kate Smith performed in the 1930s include lyrics and sentiments that are incompatible with the values of our organization, and evoke painful and unacceptable themes.”
Smith, who was popular during the WWII era, recorded the offensive jingle, “Pickaninny Heaven,” which she directed at “colored children” who should fantasize about an amazing place with “great big watermelons,” among various other treats.
Smith also endorsed the “Mammy Doll” back in 1939 which was based on a racist caricature of a black woman similar to Aunt Jemima.
“The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information,” a club spokesman said. “The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”
The odds aren’t good that Smith’s songs will return to their prominent places during sporting events such as they were with the Yankees and the Flyers.
There is a lot of cleaning up to do when it comes to racism in sports, and weeding out songs attached to artists with questionable, and controversial, backgrounds such as Smith’s, is important in pushing forward towards the future.
The New World of Sports Betting in the United States
Earlier this year a monumental breakthrough was achieved when the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, known as PASPA, allowing each state in the nation to decide if it wants to allows legal sports betting or not.
That led the nation, and all of the states, on a new path, with a lot of lucrative opportunities in an industry that has operated underground for decades.
With casinos and eSports thriving, sports betting adds a brand new element to the gambling industry and presents one of the richest outlets for businesses, the government, and the nation.
There will likely be a boost in employment rates, a growth spike in business, and an influx of money that no longer has to be hidden from the eyes of the government.
As of now, a number of states have already started their journey, and another, Utah, has decided not to act on the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of sports betting, opting to maintain their stance on forbidding sports betting, at least for the time being.
As the world of sports, eSports, and gambling embark on this industry shifting journey, let’s take a deeper look at what has been going down so far, and what is in store for the sports betting industry, thanks to an info graphic from NJGames.org.
The info graphic will take a look into the impact that sports betting legalization is expected to make on the nation’s economy.
The info graphic takes into account that the United States’ gambling industry already generates around $28 billion. The legalization of ports betting legalization is expected to increase tat number dramatically.
Additionally, sports betting operations will also result in a higher number of jobs, and the info graphic will provide you with an estimated number of both direct and indirect jobs that will open with the introduction of sports betting.
As the fantasy football season is ready to kick off for many of you, we should start seeing a lot of changes to the sports betting landscape and it will be interesting to see just how companies in fantasy sports navigate through the implementation of these changes.
The future of the sports betting industry seems bright, and there seems to be quite the trickle down effect that will have an immediate benefit to numerous industries.
Whether you’re ready or not, legalized sports betting is on the way, if it hasn’t arrived in your state already, and big things are on the horizon.
Capitals owner Ted Leonsis Pays for 200 Employees to go to Stanley Cup Final Games
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is celebrating the team’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Final for the 1st time in 20 years in a special way.
According to the Washington Post, Leonsis surprised 200 employees of Monumental Sports & Entertainment with tickets and a chartered flight to Vegas for the first leg of the Stanley Cup Final.
The employees were chosen based off how closely they work with the Capitals, as well as seniority, and they received an email last week from a senior VP that had the subject line: “Let’s go to Vegas.”
The selected employees received tickets to Games 1 & 2.
“It’s truly amazing and out of this world,” Omar Castro, a guest relations manager, said.
“I never expected an owner of the company to do this. We get to share in this with them. … He’s thinking of us as part of a family, as part of the experience. There’s no reason for him to do it. All I can say is a big thanks to Ted and his family for the opportunity, and for truly making this into something memorable for all of us here in the company.”
Not only did Leonsis provide tickets, but he also organized two chartered flights and is putting the employees up at the Excalibur.
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