The Washington Times - January 8, 2009, 12:01PM

Alex Ovechkin has been named to the Eastern Conference all-star team as a reserve. It will be the third all-star game of his career (there wasn’t a game his rookie year because of the Olympics).

But the big news is he will have no teammates on the team. I can’t say I didn’t warn everyone. Granted, it could change with injuries, but Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom were not among the 15 reserves announced today. Green leads all Eastern Conference defensemen in goals and all rearguards in either conference in points per game. Backstrom is 11th in the NHL (seventh in the conference) in points with 45.


It is a farce, but it does seem that all things all-star related have been void of logic. Having all 15 teams represented made it almost impossible to get them on the team, thanks to the fan voting that put four Canadiens and two Penguins on the team. There are several forwards who deserve to be on this team that aren’t, while Green is probably the biggest snub among the defensemen.

Karl Alzner (and Backstrom, for that matter) could be named to the YoungStars roster tomorrow. As mentioned earlier, Bruce Boudreau can lock up the job of assistant coach for the team with a win tomorrow or Saturday.