Friday's notes: All-Star Draft brought highs & lows

The NHL All-Star weekend is supposed to be a relaxed celebration of the game's great stars, and while there were some fun moments last night, the actions of one idiotic fan soured the atmosphere...

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Fan disrupts All-Star Fantasy Draft by yelling out Wade Belak’s name - Nashville Predators Examiner
I'm not sure who's the bigger pig, the drunken boor in the crowd at the draft, or the utterly tasteless punk who left a comment after Jim's piece here.

Preds On The Glass: An All-Star Weekend Look Back: Western Conference
Buddy's feeling pretty good about his preseason Predators projection.

The Hippodrome: Must David Poile and The Predators Make A Move? | Pith in the Wind
I'm surprised J.R. didn't work Hamlet into his opening bit about David Poile's quandry. "To trade, or not to trade - that is the question."

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

It’s time to kill the All-Star Game - The Globe and Mail
Frankly, I'm surprised we haven't seen more of these "wwaaaaaaahhh" articles. I unabashedly love the All-Star Game, sportswriters be damned.

Joey the Jr. Reporter takes on Ottawa, lands date - CBSSports.com
The next logical extension after bloggers are granted media access.

All-Star festivities kick off with Rideau Canal trophy procession - NHL.com
OK, this is a pretty cool scene.

Couture has good time with being last pick - NHL.com
Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks had the dubious honor of being the last All-Star selected, and immediately said on Twitter that he was looking forward to tricking out the new Honda that came as a consolation prize.

Brophy on Leafs: Is Kessel slowly fading? - sportsnet.ca
Kessel went on a tear after being picked last in the 2011 All-Star Draft. Will this bit of mojo pass to Couture now?

In which Scott Hartnell and Joffrey Lupul share a toilet during NHL All-Star Draft | Puck Daddy
OK, maybe this is a little too much "behind the scenes".

Tim Thomas says he has ‘full and unwavering support’ of Bruins teammates | Puck Daddy
Really? "Full and unwavering support", or just the reluctance of players in general to criticize each other? I suspect the latter.

The NHL's playoff push - The Globe and Mail
Columbus is still in it... if they can pull off a 30-3-0 finish.

Lowetide.ca | Trading Samwise
If Sam Gagner has anything like the moxie associated with the name Samwise, I want him.

McKenzie: Is Stars captain Morrow available for trade? - TSN
Here's an interesting name that I don't think we had considered on the trade market...

Have The Oilers Really Made Progress This Season? - The Copper & Blue
They're lining up for another lottery pick, but have the Oilers actually improved as a team?

Understanding the Secondary-Ticket Market | Ted's Take
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis talks about the development of the ticket resale market over the last few years. Remember, that Tickets link at the top-right portion of the page here takes you to a service which shows tickets available for Predators games from a wide variety of outlets, like StubHub, eBay, and more.

BREAKING: J.P. Mac Sends Letter To Season Ticket Holders - The Cannon
You certainly get the sense that ownership in Columbus is sincerely motivated to building a winner there, they just can't seem to find the formula just yet. I do believe that hiring Craig Patric a few months back is a good start, though.

GMC: Why Long-time Detroit Executive Jim Nill Won’t Be Running Your Team Anytime Soon | Edmonton Journal
The Detroit assistant's name comes up often when GM positions open around the NHL, but he's still a fixture there.

Harris Polls > Football is America’s Favorite Sport as Lead Over Baseball Continues to Grow
Hockey holds steady as the favorite sport of 5% in the latest Harris Poll, pretty much the same mark its held for the last 7 years.

Top 60 Prospect Midseason Rankings | The Hockey Writers
During this break in the NHL schedule, perhaps it's time to review some prospect for the upcoming Entry Draft this summer.

Americans consider ban on fighting in junior ranks, hope Canada follows suit - The Globe and Mail
USA Hockey is moving towards an automatic game misconduct and an additional game suspension for fighting at the junior level. Will the Canadian junior leagues follow suit? That would require a massive culture shift.

Bettman reveals third group interested in Coyotes - The Globe and Mail
I'm not getting my hopes up here.

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