As the Avs play their last game before the All Star Break this evening against the Coyotes, Matt Duchene will have his partner in crime in the business class seat next to him on the flight to Raleigh. Paul Stastny replaces Evgeni Malkin, making his first All Star Game appearance and will be named to either Team Lidstrom or Team Staal as the teams are chosen live on Friday night (TSN/VERSUS 7:30 est 4:30 pst) You might remember Stastny was picked to play in 2008 (I don’t remember that season either..um..) but had to pull out due to injury.
Props to the NHL for seeing another bright light in Denver, this brings the Avs number of total participants in the years’ ASG to 3, matching their totals in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Their highest was 5 in 2001 when, of course, the Avalanche hosted the 2001 All Star Game.
I really hope they’re both playing on the same team, so my hardest decision will be who’s name to get on the back of one jersey.