Listen, There is not even an argument that the first team all Stars should not be first team all stars. It used to mean something to be selected to the starting team, now it means that Montreal fans spend more on texting than Detroit fans.
If you, as a fan that stuffed the box, can really tell me that Toews deserves the starting center over Thornton then I would also assume you think the world is flat. Iginla is the best Winger in the west, bias aside just check the stats! Kipper has more wins with the most shots against in the west...
I could go through the East as well but it's not worth it. Here's why. I'm just going to say what everyone thinks. The All Star game is crap hockey and no one cares. No Hitting?? Then it's not hockey is it?
The Skills competition is fun to watch for what it's worth, I think the NHL could probably do a lot more with the trick shot competition for sure. Instead of a goalie have targets with points or something? Fastest Skater, Hardest shot are staples that are interesting and worth a chuckle but the game... the game is trash.
In my not so humble opinion the NHL needs to name it's own All Stars, if they want to have fan involvement have ten players they can pick one of and have it set up like a poll on their website. The players often get "injured" before the game because they don't want to go, they don't care and they'd rather rest, that should be a big indicator to the NHL that the all Star Game should be held Post Season or even not at all. One idea I heard was having a skills competition with the all stars from the World Junior Championship and calling it a day, that would certainly be a little entertaining!
The All Star game is meant to show case the NHL's best, even if they weren't named to the first team most will still be there but when they play a meaningless game in an uninspired way it doesn't showcase anything to an American Audience that is, in all honesty, already uncaring.