Its hard to believe, but there is other Caps news going on. Really.
Ovie makes the All-Star game while Mike Green is omitted.
"I'm disappointed," said Green, who played in the YoungStars game in Dallas last year. "But it's an honor just to be considered. I wanted to go, obviously. I'm just going to keep doing what I was doing before."
Green's exclusion upset some of his teammates and irked his coach.
"Shame on them," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He's going to make it for a lot years to come. He's starting to come into his own."
Hmm. I think this just proves further that the All-Star game is BS and is a Gary Bettman vanity affair. DCSC writes well about it here. If Mike Green concentrates on continuing his excellent offensive play and cleaning up his defensive game, the rest (nice contract, All-Star appearances, puck bunnies with Greenie written in sparkly green across their chest) will come with time.
Corey looks at the day to day of AO returning to practice after the big announcement. There is another interesting tidbit from Corey at the end of the article:
"[Laing] has all those bruises [from blocking shots]," Boudreau said. "If you saw him yesterday, he was limping all over the place, the poor kid. Come Sunday, he'll be ready if we need him."
I am endlessly impressed with Laing and the punishment he is willing to take for the team. In my opinion, he has played himself into a regular spot on the team.
In other hockey news:
On Frozen Blog has an unbelievably entertaining and insightful look into how they broke the AO contract news with SovetskySports’ Dmitry Chesnokov.
Looks like Cujo is headed back to the NHL. Check out Faux Rumors piece on this as well.
One of our regular commenter's here, Rage, has a great post on the economics of Ovie's deal at Japers' Rink.