The 2012 All-Star rosters have been finalized. Representing the Bruins: Zdeno Chara will be one of the team captains, Tim Thomas will be one of the goalies (I think I heard he’s starting), and Tyler Seguin (who was a write-in) will be one of the forwards.
First, I’d like to say that there are other Bruins who are top players that I fell should’ve gotten more votes. Yes, Seguin is nasty, but there are other Bruins that are more experienced and all around important in a game. I’m thinking of one person in particular: Patrice Bergeron, the most under-rated player in the NHL! He is the man! If you pay attention to a Bruins game, you’ll see he makes HUGE plays on both sides of the ice! He will sprint the entire length of the rink just to stop an opponent or a goal against us.. we’ve seen it (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRtZUPYJHrE). I don’t know the exact stats, but we win something like twice as much when he’s playing than when he’s sitting out. So ya, just wanted to give him a shout-out. We love having him here and I hope he never leaves.
The other thing I wanted to mention regarding the All-Star events is a bit of hilarity I heard from an interview with Chara. He was asked if he would pick ex-Bruin Phil Kessel.. He replied: “someone has to be last.” LOL! Chara is also the man! Couldn’t have said it better myself. Of course Kessel did get picked for the All-Star game because he is one of the leading goal scorers, but he’s nowhere near as good or valuable to a team as people think he is. Sure he can shoot, that’s great, but that’s all he cares about. I’ve seen him take very low-percentage-chance shots rather than pass it to a teammate standing in front of an open net on the other side. More importantly, though, he doesn’t play defense! He just wants to be a top scorer, that’s his only focus.. but this is a team sport, and these are the reasons we got rid of him.
While I’ll admit he has improved on these issues a bit this year, I still don’t like him.. So, I’ll end with a little jab at him: I’d like to point out that he has yet to score against the Bruins since leaving the team.. and he never will!
Thanks for reading,