The Vote for Rory campaign last year was cute. Fans got behind a scrappy defenseman and stuffed the ballot box for the NHL All-Star Game, and it was a bit of harmless fun. Leave it to Montreal Canadiens fans to take things a little too far, and probably force Gary Bettman to cancel the All-Star Game altogether. This is why we can’t have nice things!
Currently, the third-place Canadiens don’t look like they’ll actually have a break during the All-Star break. Habs players lead the fan voting at all six positions, each with more than 180,000 votes. The highest totals for a non-Canadien? Sidney Crosby, only the most popular player on the planet, with 68,000. Way to subtly work the system, Montreal douchebags.
As of right now, your starting lineup from the eastern conference included Alexei Kovalev, Saku Koivu and Alex Tanguay up front, Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek on the blue line, and Carey Price in net.
The NHL is aware of the issue, and is characteristically wishy-washy and powerless.
“I don’t want to jump to conclusions at this point. There is some indication that something has happened,” said NHL spokesman Gary Meaghar. “I’m not at a point where I can say definitively that something has taken place.”
Um, I’m at that point. Here’s the automated voting script they’ve been using.
Eh, I say let it go. Who cares if Komisarek, with his one goal and zero assists on the season, starts in the national showcase for the league. After all - the All-Star game is in Montreal, so why not make it a home game?