The NHL today released the 127 man NHL starting lineup voting ballot. This isn't normally something Wild fans get altogether excited about. Generally, Wild fans know their guys can't beat out the massive fanbases of the New York Rangers, nor the star power of players like Sidney Crosby, who likely will be in the starting lineup, even though he hasn't played since the Carter administration.
However, with players on the roster like Dany Heatley, Devin Setoguchi, Mikko Koivu, Niklas Backstrom, Nick Schultz... Wild fans actually have players worth voting for. Since defense is not something that is played in the non-game that is the All-Star game, Schultz has zero chance of ever playing in one. It's ridiculous, but it's the way it is.
The ballots were released today, and the three Wild players able to be voted into the starting line up are Mikko Koivu, Dany Heately (which would be awesome with the game in Ottawa), and... sigh... Marek Zidlicky.
The best response thus far? From our own MsConduct on Twitter:
Zidlicky for all star? Trying to remember if I maybe smoked crack today. I don't think so, but that's only feasible explanation.
We could into a 3500 word post about this, but we'll just ask. What say you, Wilderness? Are these the best three options to represent the Wild? Who would you put in there?