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Boyle's All-Star snub gets Feaster, Torts fired up
It was obvious how Dan Boyle felt about being passed over for the All-Star team, but the Lightning defenseman kept it to himself.
By DAMIAN CRISTODERO
Published January 14, 2007
BUFFALO, N.Y. - It was obvious how Dan Boyle felt about being passed over for the All-Star team, but the Lightning defenseman kept it to himself.
"I'm going to bite my lip on this one," he said.
General manager Jay Feaster wasn't as diplomatic before Saturday's game with the Sabres.
"My initial thought was I was really disappointed for Danny," he said. "My second thought was I hope that he shoves it up somebody's backside tonight."
As expected, Tampa Bay center Vinny Lecavalier and right wing Marty St. Louis were named as reserves for the Jan. 24 game in Dallas. Defensive reserves are New Jersey's Brian Rafalski, Toronto's Tomas Kaberle, Boston's Zdeno Chara and Florida's Jay Bouwmeester.
Bouwmeester, the Panthers' lone All-Star, raised eyebrows because most of his stats were dwarfed by those of Boyle, who entered Saturday tied for fifth among defensemen with 36 points and scored his 10th goal against Buffalo.
Fans pick starters. Reserves are selected by the NHL's operations department.
Had the Lightning been given a third player, another team might have been left out, NHL senior vice president Mike Murphy said. Although the NHL has no rule requiring each team to be involved, Murphy said "You don't want to have an All-Star Game where not every team is represented. That's not right."
What's right, Murphy says, is keeping "interest in each of our 30 centers."
"He got robbed," Lightning coach John Tortorella said of Boyle. "It's a joke. He's one of the best players in the National Hockey League. To be left off because of logistics, then don't have an All-Star Team."