With so many weapons to choose from, how could Team Canada possibly go wrong in selecting its 25-player squad? The truth is that it could go very wrong.
Craig Custance, Frank Provenzano, Neil Greenberg, Corey Pronman, Robert Vollman and Ryan Schwepfinger rank every NHL team based on how well they're set up for future success.
Two Ducks and one Kings player were chosen to the NHL All-Star Game.
The Devils only have one All-Star, while the Rangers send two and the Islanders have only one in the skills competition.
The NHL announced Tuesday the remaining 36 players and 12 rookies chosen by the league's hockey operations department to take part in this month's All-Star festivities that include the traditional game and skills competitions
It is almost certain Tampa Bay forward Brad Richards will be dealt before Tuesday's 3 p.m. trade deadline. The question now is where the former playoff MVP ends up.
In keeping their Big Three, the Lightning's cupboard has gone bare. If it wants any shot at the playoffs, or another Cup, Tampa Bay will have to part with one of those stars.
Brad Richards scored the go-ahead goal 7 minutes into the third period, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 win over the suddenly sloppy Sabres on Saturday night.
Tampa Bay 6, Florida 4
Tampa Bay 7, Dallas 4
Brad Richards scored the lone goal in a shootout, lifting the Lightning to a 5-4 win over the Rangers, their fourth in five games.
Brad Richards and Vaclav Prospal beat goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on consecutive shots in a shootout and the Lightning held off the Pens, 5-4.
TAMPA BAY 4, PHILADELPHIA 2
It's doubtful Tampa Bay would still be playing without Brad Richards' important contributions.
Tampa Bay won't make it to the Stanley Cup finals without squeezing out more from their blue-liners.
Brad Richards scored twice and Nikolai Khabibulin made 28 saves Tuesday as the Lightning beat the Flyers 4-2 to move within one win of their first Stanley Cup finals.