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Sergei Gonchar is putting together a respectable season, and with the emergence of Karlsson is doing what he needs to do to help his team win, though it doesn't quite justify seeing him voted in higher then John Michael Liles, Dennis Wideman and Nicklas Lidstrom.
Who Deserved To Go?
No disrespect to the Senators, though it just goes to show us that fan balloting can be a strange thing. The argument can always be made, "It's not just about stats," and I would agree with that to a certain extent. When you're talking about the MVP of the league, the value a player has is directly related to his team and where they would be without him. This is why Corey Perry won the MVP last year ahead of Daniel Sedin and Martin St. Louis.
However the All-Star game is different. It's simply an extraction of the best players in the league, unrelated to their respective team's situation. In that regard stats mean a lot. Maybe not everything, but more then most would like to admit.
Either way, the Senators have a lot of great players who are giving their fans plenty to be excited about this year, and with that in mind we shouldn't be surprised by the voting.
Surprised or not, I'll give Ottawa three out of five: Spezza, Karlsson and Alfredsson.