I wasn't going to talk about the All-Star game on this site because I think it is a boring exhibition but this year it's even worse. The Montreal Canadiens are set to play against the Western Conference all-star team. It seems that either Montreal Canadiens fans have voted in record numbers or there has been some voter fraud. I understand that the NHL wants to get the fans involved in the process because they are hoping to sell this game to the fans but the current situation has (or should have) all hockey fans turned off to the whole idea.
Canadiens fans have voted in record numbers and have the entire starting lineup just about locked up for all Habs players. Alexei Kovalev, Saku Koivu and Alex Tanguay lead the forwards in voting while Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek lead the defensemen. Second year goalie Carey Price is leading all goalies despite not being anywhere near the best goalie in the Eastern Conference.
This isn't a knock on the Montreal players who I mentioned, in fact they are all very good players that I would love to have on the Sabres, the problem is...they aren't the best at their position. As a Sabres fan I would like to say that a Sabres player deserves to be their instead but reality is that there are plenty of candidates more deserving in the conference before any of the Sabres or Habs players.
Alex Tanguay has started the season by scoring eight goals and nine assists which is pretty good, problem is that Evgeni Malkin has seven goals and 23 assists...get my point. Alexander Semin (called out Sidney Crosby and Thomas Vanek a couple of weeks ago) is off to an outstanding start with 13 goals and 14 assists. I don't need to go on because I think you get the point.
As for the Sabres players on the ballot...Thomas Vanek is 8th in the forwards with 51, 621 votes, Teppo Numminen is 6th in defense with 47, 023 votes and Ryan Miller is 3rd in the goalie voting with 51, 135 votes.