The Zetterberg Snub Was No Snub

Update (4:22 PM): Garth’s got a much better explanation for Lidstrom’s spot on Team Toews. – Matt

I think a lot of people know this already, but just in case, I want to point out that the fact that Zetterberg isn’t going to the All Start Game isn’t a snub. Apparently, the League asked him if he wanted to go, but he opted out due to bumps and bruises. That the NHL’s letting him stay home is a great thing for the Wings and a good instance of the League doing the right thing (for once). I just wish they’d done this two years ago with Pavel and Nick.

By the way, don’t miss Greg Brady’s tweets on the topic here, here and here (in sequence).

Also, makes you wonder why Lidstrom opted to go, because he’s surely got bumps/bruises and a need for rest, too. Just throwing it out there, but my pessimistic snap judgement is maybe he’s already in a “farewell tour” mindset.

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  1. Garth says:

    "Also, makes you wonder why Lidstrom opted to go, because he’s surely got bumps/bruises and a need for rest, too. Just throwing it out there, but my pessimistic snap judgement is maybe he’s already in a “farewell tour” mindset."

    I'm not so pessimistic. The reason seems simple to me. Each team is supposed to have a representative and with Datsyuk injured, the only real choices (even though I'd love to see Helm in the game) are Zetterberg or Lidstrom, and Detroit was probably given the choice between injured Zetterberg and old Lidstrom and they decided to sit injured Zetterberg.

    I'm also certain that the league is OK with letting someone with a nagging injury sit as long as there's still someone from the team to put in the lineup.

    AND I have to assume the difference between now and 2009 is that Lidstrom and Datsyuk pulled out of the game AFTER they were named to the team rather than before.

  2. Matt Saler says:

    Ah, good point. Didn’t think of that.

  3. Matt Saler says:

    Ah, good point. Didn't think of that.

  4. "Each team is supposed to have a representative" That was the past mindset, yes.. however there are no buffalo representatives.. or islanders.. or panthers or coyotes. They have rookies but they have zero all star team representatives where it "counts".

    I'm glad Z wasn't forced to go, He has in the past talked mad shit on the game because it is a pointless thing. Hopefully Lidstrom takes it easy and just coasts by in the game so we can have a little bit of a rested team after the break.. Datsyuk and Cleary are due back around then, could be a nice February.

  5. Garth says:

    "They have rookies but they have zero all star team representatives where it "counts". "

    I'm going to go ahead and say that the league has decided that the rookie game also "counts".

  6. Garth says:

    Also, Detroit has three legit All-Stars in Z, Datsyuk and Lidstrom. Two of them are also legitimately in pain whereas the only thing that Lidstrom can claim is "I feel old on some days", so it makes sense that the league would allow Zetterberg to sit but not letting Lidstrom skip it.

  7. Matt Saler says:

    That is a weakness in your argument, Garth. The rookie game has never been that big a deal. It's more likely that the NHL dropped being a stickler about including a rep from every team in the main ASG and didn't tell anyone about it. Instead, they're interested in having as good a sampling of the best players from the best teams as possible, which means Lidstrom couldn't beg off if it meant no Red Wings would go. At least one guy from the League's marquee team had to be there.

  8. Garth says:

    "That is a weakness in your argument, Garth."

    Yeah, I'll admit that. Beyond the supposed snub of Zetterberg and the inclusion of half the Blackhawks franchise, there are definitely some oddities in the selections. There are a couple teams, as Crater pointed out, that don't have a "real" representative in the All-Star game and only have players in the rookie game, which suggests that the rookie game selections "count", yet Edmonton has two rookies who were selected AND Ales Hemsky, and the only real justification for picking Hemsky is that Edmonton doesn't have any "real" All-Stars.

    Of course, the Hemsky thing could be an anomoly, maybe there are a handful of teams who asked that "x" player not be included, so they just had to go far enough down the list to include him…

  9. Garth says:

    And to go back to the Detroit thing, beyond Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Lidstrom, probably the next guy on the list would be Cleary before he went down, and there are no legit rookies worthy of selection in Detroit, so I'm thinking it was an instance of "he may be only and looking for a rest, but he's not injured, so suck it up" type of thing…

    I've never really gotten the whole "each team needs a rep" deal. Like, if someone is a Buffalo fan, they'll watch the game if Tomas Vanek is playing but won't watch the game if no Sabres players are in it? That's like saying someone from Buffalo who is a hockey fan isn't going to watch the Olympics if there are no Sabres players included. If you're interested in watchin the ASG, you're interested because it's all the best players in the game, not because Vanek plays for your team.

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