Injury doesn’t help Huet in all-star voting

The groin injury that kept Canadiens goalie Cristobal Huet on the
sidelines this month might cost him a second consecutive trip to the
NHL All-Star Game.
Huet was the top vote-getter among Eastern Conference goaltenders until he was overtaken by New Jersey’s Marty Brodeur this week. Brodeur has 149,067 votes, while Huet is second with 137,418.

Andrei Markov continues to lead voting for defencemen with a cushion of about 50,000 votes over Boston’s Zdeno Chara.

Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby leads the voting among forwards with 381,941, which is twice as many as runner-up Vincent Lecavalier. Saku Koivu is eighth with 93,436. Alex Kovalev is 13th with 56,954, the highest total among write-in candidates.

Top vote-getters at each position earn an automatic trip to January’s game in Atlanta. Cast your ballots here.

12 Comments

  1. idle says:

    It would be nice if the selection process could take into account players like that who contribute so much of what they are asked to contribute. They may not get all the points or attention but they do their job as well as anyone in the league. For any fans of the Toronto Raptors here, I compare it to the play of Rasho Nesterovic. He is never going to make an All Star team but tell me a player in the league who does a better job at that role.

  2. 24 Cups says:

    I don’t get too excited about All-Star teams anymore, especially when you split the league into conferences which really makes it half an all star team. If you are really honest, there hasn’t been any Hab who’s a ‘real all-star’ so far this year. We don’t have anyone in the top 50 scorers (Kovalev is around that mark), Markov has had his ups and downs, and Huet, who has played well, has split his goaltending duties with Price. If I were to pick one player from the Canadiens that I would send to an all-star game (forgetting the silly voting system) it would be Hamrlik. Game in and game out, he’s been our shining star.

    The Original 24 Cups

  3. Smart Dog says:

    This is too bad. Huet should be there. I wish Carbo had played him last night… of course hindsight is 20-20 but I wondered before the game if he was putting too much pressure on Price. What happened to having ‘two great goalies’?

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    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  4. nightmare_49 says:

    toronto raptors , do they still have a team?

  5. idle says:

    They finished first in their division last year only to lose to the Nets in the first round of the playoffs. This year they better at least win a round or it will be an unsuccessful one.

  6. idle says:

    Interesting comparisons. I wonder though, when the Bulls do shoot from the outside do they hit the net? Or do they at least hit the backboard??

  7. Ian Cobb says:

    Good morning- We played a very soft hockey game last night, not much team effort and two many give aways. We are younger now and we will learn from errors, but there is no excuss for playing with as little effort. Someone has to step up with some better leadership, we are a lot better club than this poor effort!!!

  8. B says:

    Good morning. No, the Habs are not that much of a better club than the one goal loss you watched last night. Don’t get too high when they win or too low when they loose as you are going to see more of both. If they stay where they are now in the standings then they will have exceeded most folks predictions and expectations. There is no quick fix to turn them into cup favourites and give Florida some credit for coming out hard.

    As a side note, should we really be turning the discussion on an all star voting article towards last nights game? There are already at least two other articles (and discussions) here on that subject.

  9. Renegade says:

    Sometimes its nice to get away from it all and focus on the All Star game, just for a change of pace =)

  10. HabFab says:

    he hasn’t “lost” his job. He didn’t play 1 game after Price had a great 3 starts.
    On a side note, starters consistently lost their spot due to injury- hence why players don’t like competing in international competitions during the season. They may get injured, or while they’re away some young-gun might take their starting spot.

  11. Ian Cobb says:

    As far as I’m concerned, all star games are a farce and of no value to the game itself. Just large figure skaters.

    Now the skills competition on the other hand is quite enjoyable for the fans and the players.

    The players very much love to entertain, compete and demonstrate their talent and comradery at the skills segment.

  12. TommyB says:

    Good afternoon Ian. I agree with you on the All-Star game being a farce and having no real value. I have not watched one in many years. I find it a nice break on a Saturday night during hockey season to go out and do something else with my family. It is nice to see players get some deserved recognition, as stars, but other than that there is nothing there to capture my interest. Like you say, Ice Capades!

    I would rather see Habs players get time to rest and rehab nagging little injuries.


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