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Hockey Night in CanadaFive Questions: Why does the NHL let Alex Ovechkin stay home?

Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2012 | 10:53 AM

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A three-game suspension allowed Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin to make the decision of skipping the NHL all-star game. (Getty Images) A three-game suspension allowed Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin to make the decision of skipping the NHL all-star game. (Getty Images)

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This week we've asked Kelly to answer your questions.  Anytime you want an answer from one of our Hockey Night in Canada commentators please send them to cbchockeyonline@cbc.ca

This week we've asked Kelly to answer your questions.  Anytime you want an answer from one of our Hockey Night in Canada commentators please send them to cbchockeyonline@cbc.ca


1. In some sports players are forced to attend the all-star game, why is it a choice in the NHL? (i.e Alex Ovechkin) 

From: Gary Strolls

Hey Gary, this is a unique situation. Ovechkin is suspended so the league feels he can make this decision. Normally most players are honoured to be invited and only through a situation like this or an injury do they pass on the all-star festivities.

2. What is Calgary Flames Jarome Iginla's contract status? How does he hold all the cards when the general manager does not want to trade him and not many teams can afford him?

From: Randy Frizzel

Jarome has one more season under contract with the Flames at a cap hit of $7 million US. I wouldn't say he holds all the cards Paul because you are correct, not many teams can afford his contract unless they clear enough space to make it work. Secondly, it sure seems as though he's very happy in Calgary and the feeling is mutual.

3. I look back at Roberto Luongo's Olympics performance where I found him to be inconsistent and then in the 2011 playoff final. Do you see the Canucks moving Luongo and if so, where do you see the fit?

From Dave Woodward

Dave I don't see Luongo going anywhere soon. The Canucks have a perfect blend of experience and the future star (Cory Schneider) in net at the right price. I feel all his faults tend to get blown out of proportion, most teams would welcome Luongo on their side.

4. It seems as if Ron Wilson and Brian Burke care way to much about Phil Kessel being chosen last in the all-star team selection process. Why would this be the case, as he is an all-star regardless?

From: Mike Dale

That's an accurate point Mike but I think they were just being protective of their player and probably didn't like to see him being possibly embarrassed or offended by the way the draft finished.

5. What makes Winnipeg such a dangerous team at home, but a terrible team on the road?

From: Dana Havens

First of all Dana, winning is difficult any place you play in the NHL. Having said that, the Winnipeg fans have really encouraged their team with the support they've shown them and have proven to be a hostile crowd for the visiting team. Given an improved roster and some experience I think winning on the road for the Jets will become somewhat easier.

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