Morning Buzz: Mini-sticks and sick dangles; recapping All-Star Weekend

That's a wrap on All-Star Weekend, a healthy mix of awkward, entertaining, embarrassing and hilarious, with some memorable moments sprinkled here and there. Mostly, it felt like a victory lap for Daniel Alfredsson and the great career he's had in Ottawa. Everyone wanted to see him score that hat-trick goal and take home the MVP (except Tim Thomas, who made a few big saves in the 3rd and has now pissed off people in two national capitals in one week).

Links from the weekend's festivities and more ahead!

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Vancouver Canucks News & Notes

The ASG was not without its share of Sedinery. Take a look:


Joey the Junior Reporter was let loose on All-Star Weekend, and he spoke with the Sedins amongst others. [PITB]


Remember when Tim Thomas laid out Henrik Sedin in his crease in last year's SCF? Well it may have taken 7 months, but Henrik got his revenge (I think).

The stats for our All-Stars: Henrik tied for his team lead with 3 points, Daniel had 2, and Edler finished with the goose egg, despite playing the 3rd most minutes of any player in the game. Cody Hodgson was completely invisible out there. [Boxscore]

I think we can say that they held their own pretty well. [The White Towel]

Travis Moen appears to be a depth target for the Canucks. Here Thomas Drance breaks down his interesting underlying stats. [PITB]

Sportsnet's Mark Spector claims that Manny Malhotra could be on the move because Cody Hodgson has stoled his job. Anyone who has even glanced at Canucks zonestart data knows this isn't true, and Jonathan Willis explains. [Canucks Army]

He has supposedly lost his job taking defensive zone draws, killing penalties and winning faceoffs to Cody Hodgson, who a) doesn't take defensive zone draws b) doesn't kill penalties and c) doesn't win faceoffs.

Today in Canucks History

[Jan 30, 1992] The Canucks defeat Chicago 4-1 at home to post the first winning record (7-3-1) in the month of January in club history.

NHL News & Notes

Fun stats from the ASG: Chara and Campbell were +7; Yandle, Michalek, and Spezza were -5. [Boxscore]

The highlight of the night had to be Alfredsson undressing Suter and Timonen and scoring on Price, with Scott Hartnell doing the play-by-play:


Adrian Dater believes the All-Star Game has lost its appeal because today's superstars are overexposed. [Denver Post] I didn't see his point, until I saw Brian Campbell's ballsack...

What's that? Oh, yeah, as of this writing Getty Images has Campbell's berries on display for all to see. I'm sure you won't have to look hard to find it. [Puck Daddy]

All-Star weekend offered the opportunity for the NHL to showcase some of its more interesting personalities, one of them being Carey Price, who has reemerged as one of the league's best goalies after an up-and-down start to his career. [Backhand Shelf]

About 5 seconds after I tweeted that the NHL needed Dwight Howard and his Superman cape to save the ailing breakaway challenge, Patrick Kane answers the bell.


The second highlight of the challenge was undoubtably Corey Perry's mini-stick. Between that and Campbell's shirtcock, it was a tremendous weekend for headline writers and bloggers alike.


Victoria boy Jamie Benn took advantage of his opportunity to showcase his skills over the weekend. [Sporting News]

Here's his winning round in the accuracy shooting competition:


Apparently if he had the choice, Jason Pominville would take no one from either All-Star team on the Sabres. This almost echoes what Ryan Miller said last week about no trade helping their team. Very odd. [PHT]

It was announced over the weekend that Columbus will be the destination for next year's All-Star Game. [National Post]

It was reported on Saturday by Sportsnet's Bob McCown that Sidney Crosby has previously undiagnosed injuries to his C1 and C2 verebrae. The good news: it's treatable and he should return before the playoffs. The bad news: he's not happy with Pittsburgh medical staff. How does an injury like that get missed? [Sporting News]

The Fame Makers stopped by the Los Angeles Kings' practise facility to help team Mike Richards, Anze Kopitar, Matt Greene and Drew Doughty how to be famous. [Puck Daddy] Take a look:


Today in NHL History

[Jan 30, 1920] Quebec's Joe Malone sets NHL record of 7 goals in a game.

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