January 24, 2011
Team Lidstrom captain Nicklas Lidstrom(notes) of the Detroit Red Wings and alternates Patrick Kane(notes) of the Chicago Blackhawks and Marty St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning chatted with reporters today about NHL All-Star Weekend, Sidney Crosby's(notes) absence from said weekend and the Fantasy Draft strategy for their team.
(An aside: Say the captain can't play for his namesake team and an alternate takes the 'C' ... would the team revert to the alternate's name instead? In our eyes, possessing the All-Star captaincy is like possessing the One Ring: The holder is given unspeakable power and leadership of great armies. Also, because the All-Star Game can frequently feel as tedious as a 20-hour all-walking-scenes director's cut of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.)
From the presser, some highlights:
On Sidney Crosby Missing All-Star Weekend
"Is the League going to take a hit? I don't know," said St. Louis. "I think there are a lot of other great players in this league having great years. In terms of marketing, he's the face of the NHL and it's tough with him not being there. We wish him a speedy recovery."
Said Kane: "Some players go through injuries, and sometimes that rest is better than being part of the Game. For me personally, I'm coming off an injury and I'm just honored to be going to the All-Star Game. I wasn't really expecting to get my name called for the Game, let alone be an assistant captain."
On Which Team Gets the First Pick
While answering a question about Steven Stamkos(notes), St. Louis let slip that "Staalsy's picking first."Whether this is official or not we haven't confirmed, but according to one of the alternate captains, Team Lidstrom will be selecting second.
On Splitting the Sedins
"That might be something to look at, to see how they'd do facing each other," he said. "That is a possibility."
Sadly, no one followed up with a question about them fighting in the Game.
Finally, Jussi Jokinen(notes) told Puck Daddy Radio last week that Eric Staal(notes) will select Cam Ward with his first pick. But if that doesn't happen, would Team Lidstrom seek to draft his Carolina Hurricanes teammate before Staal could?
"I know he wants Cam on his team, in front of the home crowd and everything," said Lidstrom.
"It might be a good strategy to take him, take the crowd out of it and get the crowd on our side a little bit. We'll have to wait and see."