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Hartnell named to All-Star team in place of Toews

Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:14 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 1:17 pm
 
Hartnell down? More like Hartnell up. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

We knew it was only a matter of time before some of the obvious snubs of the All-Star Game were corrected and named to the team. It comes through the guise of injury replacements, but that's just semantics. Scott Hartnell is an All-Star!

Yes, the Philadelphia Flyers' colorful scorer was named to the team on Tuesday morning, replacing the injured Jonathan Toews from the Blackhawks. In the case of Hartnell, it's no "well he doesn't really deserve it" situation (imagine the most annoying friend you have saying that, works for the effect).

"It definitely was a surprise to get the phone call late [Monday] night and be selected," Hartnell told NHL.com. "I just had a smile on my face. It's our father's trip here, so he was sitting here with me. A real special night."

Since he wasn't named an All-Star, Hartnell has been on a tear. He had a natural hat trick on Sunday against the Bruins, scoring three straight goals, all in the second period. The game before that he had two goals in a win against the Devils. That recent spurt has brought his season total to 25 goals, five behind his career high.

While he isn't replacing him, Hartnell makes a nice fill-in for Alex Ovechkin, who pulled out of the game on Tuesday. They are both power forwards who will lay some lumber and Hartnell has a big personality that helps hide the absence of one of the games better players and bigger names.

"I had something lined up to get away for a few days, get away from hockey," Hartnell said, "but in the back of my mind I had my fingers crossed, maybe I'd get a call. There's a lot of good players in the NHL these days, and if it wasn't me it could have been two or three other guys. I feel pretty fortunate and pretty lucky. Going there, I was thinking about the skills competition. Hopefully I don't get too nervous out there. I can't wait. I'm super excited."

From Toews' standpoint, don't get too concerned, Blackhawks fans. His injury isn't thought to be serious, although he will miss Tuesday's game against the Predators.

By my count that leaves the most egregious snub count at two; James Neal and Patrice Bergeron. After them it's probably Radim Vrbata.

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Comments

Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:50 pm
 

Hartnell named to All-Star team in place of Toews

Congrats Scotty!

Well deserved!



Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:55 pm
 

Hartnell named to All-Star team in place of Toews

hartnell is def having a better year then Neal, and deserved it over him. although i think james neal is the beter player, he surely isnt having the better year. james neal started off soooo hot and it was due to all the injuries the team had. malkin was out for a little, crosby out all year, stall has been out for a long time, letang also. thats the reason neal had more oppurtunities to put the numbers he has put up. hartnell is doing this with all of there players healthy. until now(besides pronger) the flyers potent lineup has been pretty healthy. and with that potent offense hes been one of the best.

Good job scotty you deserved, and ill be the first to admit i wanted him gone before the year started.....




Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:47 pm
 

Hartnell named to All-Star team in place of Toews

I hear you...



Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:47 pm
 

Hartnell named to All-Star team in place of Toews

What the hec? Doesn't James Neal have better numbers than this dirty jerk who looks likd Perdue's Stunt Double?????



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:32 pm
 

Hartnell named to All-Star team in place of Toews

And to think Flyer fans wanted this guy traded for a bag of pucks last year.
and it wasn't really last year, but the year before.  Last year he had a bit of a pass after his playoff surge, and was a 50 point player.  The biggest complaint Hartnell will always have on him is that he is paid a lot of money, and he hasn't quite lived up to that price.  Still, he's a good player to have on the team and when he's on his game, he's very good at what he does in front of the net. 

He's even changed his game a bit so that he deflects pucks out in between the circles instead of right in front of the crease.  It was rare to ever see him move more than a few feet from the goalie, but he realizes the seperation and screen he can provide further out at times, and his selection of when to do it has been exceptional. 





Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:29 pm
 

Hartnell named to All-Star team in place of Toews

And to think Flyer fans wanted this guy traded for a bag of pucks last year.
That's not true. 

We wanted some composite hockey sticks too, and a few more ice scraper girls.




Seems that whenever this guy doesn't seem to be deserving of recognition, or seems to be holding the team back, he comes around and provides a big impact in the scoring, as he should.  He's a wonderment.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:08 pm
 

Hartnell named to All-Star team in place of Toews

Don't worry, Neal fans, there's still a chance he'll get named, too.



Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:07 pm
 

Hartnell named to All-Star team in place of Toews

I am not a big Hartnell fan.But with that being said I think he deserves it this year.So far when he is able to stand up he is playing good.He is having the best year of his career and he is definately helping the team.When Jagr is healthy  Hartnell is a major part of what is agueably one of the best lines in the league.



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:24 pm
 

Hartnell named to All-Star team in place of Toews

being a Pens fan i have always noticed that Hartnall is easily agitated into dumb penalties, well at least against the Pens, more so a few years ago...not sure if he does it all the time, but he is scoring this year and doing better...i still think James Neal deserved to be on the team originally more than several other players, hes got a lot of skill...



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:56 pm
 

Hartnell named to All-Star team in place of Toews

I have always liked Hartnell's "blue collar" approach to the game, hard working, team guy!  He is having a great year, one I am not sure he will be able to repeat, but he deserves the breaks he is getting because he works for them.  A part of me wonders how he even stays in the league, he is not a good skater, not a high skill guy, hell, half the time he looks down right awkward skating out there, but he always gives 100%, his effort level is unmatched night in and night out. Congrats on being elected to the all-star team.  I laugh thinking back about 3/4 years when he threw his glove at an opposing player that had a break away, makes me laugh every time. 


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