Not really that big of news since he's been running away with the votes from the beginning, but it's official: Sidney Crosby has been voted into the starting lineup. Crosby will be only the 2nd player from last year's starting lineup to be in this year's (Devils goalie Martin Brodeur the other).
Tampa's Vinny Lecavalier and Ottawa's captain Daniel Alfredsson will be the other starting forwards, Boston's Giant Gonzalez (err, Zdeno Chara) and somehow Montreal's Andrei Markov round out the East.
The west's starting skaters all are from Detroit (Hank Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom) or Calgary (Jarome Iginla and "The Object of Pierre McGuire's Affection" Dion Phaneuf).
Hard to argue against any of those west selections, but kinda weird only two teams will be represented.
I'm also a little surprised Alex Ovechkin couldn't crack the starting lineup. He's obviously a very popular player for opposing fans with his style of play and personality. Lecavalier, the lead's leading scorer, deserves to be there and don't get me wrong Alfredsson is the captain of the East's best team and is tied for 5th in scoring (25g, 30a in 40 games) and is having a heck of a season too.
But we do wish AO could have made the starting lineup. Hopefully the coaches will allow him to play on Crosby's line for much of the game. The two didn't produce anything in their first AS game, but with such sublime talents playing together sooner or later they'd make magic happen.