TORONTO — The All-Star Game will have a new look this season, starting with the elimination of the East vs. West format, Canadian media reported Tuesday.
Fan voting will still determine the starters, and the remaining 36 players in the game will be selected by the NHL's hockey operations department.
But a team of Eastern Conference players won't take on one from the West. All participating players will vote on captains for two teams, and those captains will draft their teams from the entire pool of players as part of a live TV event during All-Star weekend in Raleigh, N.C.
The Chicago Tribune reported that the league and the players association will announce the details today.
NHL vice president Brendan Shanahan developed the idea and discussed it during the general managers meeting Tuesday. He didn't want to talk details with the media. "We've worked for a little while now on this idea … closely with the (players association)," said Shanahan, an eight-time All-Star in his 21-year career. "Some … potential All-Stars, they seem sort of excited and energized by it."
More from GMs' meeting: General managers shelved a proposal to allow coaches to challenge goal calls. Panthers GM Dale Tallon said there was a "lot of conversation" about it but it's a "dead issue."
•GMs extended to March meetings an ongoing discussion on tweaking the overtime format to get more outcomes determined before going to a shootout. One idea is to play four minutes of four-on-four, followed by four minutes of three-on-three, then a shootout. That would need to go through collective bargaining.
•NHL discipline czar Colin Campbell said the GMs didn't go for some of his proposed guidelines to avoid altercations in warmups, thinking those run-ins aren't a big problem.
•Coyotes GM Don Maloney said the group discussed developing a policy for players on the use of social media such as Twitter and Facebook but nothing was decided. "The point of talking about it, for all us 50-somethings in there, this whole Twitter-Facebook, we don't quite understand it," said Maloney, whose colorful enforcer Paul Bissonette has developed a large Twitter following. "And yet this was more a discussion on how do we get ahead of it. We don't want to discourage the personalities; we want the personalities."
Game highlights: Joe Corvo scored two power-play goals, Eric Staal had four assists and the host Hurricanes scored four times in the first 71/2 minutes of a 7-1 victory over the Oilers. … The Capitals won their fifth straight, 5-3 over the host Rangers. New York got two goals from center Brian Boyle, who has seven on the season after never scoring more than four in a year, and one from enforcer Derek Boogaard, his first goal in nearly five years.
First Period—1, Carolina, Dwyer 4 (Sutter, Tlusty), :26. 2, Carolina, Cole 4 (Skinner, E.Staal), 1:15 (pp). 3, Carolina, Corvo 3 (Skinner, E.Staal), 4:10 (pp). 4, Carolina, LaRose 3 (E.Staal, Pitkanen), 7:19. Penalties—Penner, Edm (tripping), :57; Stortini, Edm (boarding), 2:41.
Second Period—5, Carolina, Corvo 4 (Jokinen, Sutter), 4:49 (pp). Penalties—MacIntyre, Edm (roughing), 2:27; Gilbert, Edm (delay of game), 3:29; Harrison, Car (high-sticking), 5:19; Dwyer, Car (delay of game), 7:42; Cogliano, Edm (roughing), 10:29; Kostopoulos, Car (holding), 17:18.
Third Period—6, Carolina, Samsonov 4 (E.Staal, Pitkanen), 1:06. 7, Edmonton, Penner 5 (Foster, Whitney), 5:21. 8, Carolina, Skinner 6 (Ruutu), 7:48. Penalties—Sutter, Car (hooking), 8:16; Foster, Edm (tripping), 9:25; Peckham, Edm, minor-misconduct (roughing), 16:04. Missed Penalty Shot—Kostopoulos, Car, 6:47 second. Shots on Goal—Edmonton 9-7-6—22. Carolina 12-14-16—42. Power-play opportunities—Edmonton 0 of 4; Carolina 3 of 7. Goalies—Edmonton, Khabibulin 4-7-1 (8 shots-4 saves), Dubnyk (7:19 first, 34-31). Carolina, Ward 8-5-0 (22-21). A—11,890 (18,680).
First Period—1, Atlanta, Ladd 5 (Enstrom, Byfuglien), 4:01 (pp). 2, Ottawa, Spezza 3 (Hale, Karlsson), 11:05. 3, Ottawa, Gonchar 3 (Karlsson, Spezza), 15:39 (pp). Penalties—Karlsson, Ott (interference), 3:52; Eager, Atl (roughing), 6:08; Peverley, Atl (slashing), 15:36.
Second Period—4, Ottawa, Neil 1 (Phillips, Kelly), 5:04. 5, Ottawa, Winchester 1 (Foligno, Shannon), 9:12. Penalties—Shannon, Ott (tripping), 12:50; Ladd, Atl (boarding), 19:51.
Third Period—6, Ottawa, Spezza 4 (Alfredsson, Campoli), 1:23 (pp). 7, Atlanta, Stewart 5 (Kane, Bergfors), 5:12 (pp). Penalties—Campoli, Ott (holding stick), 3:34; Carkner, Ott (roughing), 12:50; Shannon, Ott (hooking), 16:31; Boulton, Atl, major (fighting), 18:26; Carkner, Ott, major (fighting), 18:26. Shots on Goal—Atlanta 11-14-12—37. Ottawa 10-13-6—29. Power-play opportunities—Atlanta 2 of 5; Ottawa 2 of 3. Goalies—Atlanta, Mason 6-5-1 (18 shots-14 saves), Pavelec (9:12 second, 11-10). Ottawa, Elliott 8-4-0 (37-35). A—16,583 (19,153).
First Period—1, Montreal, Markov 1 (Gionta, Plekanec), 6:53. Penalties—Ehrhoff, Van (tripping), 8:02; Spacek, Mon (tripping), 17:41; Plekanec, Mon (delay of game), 19:33.
Second Period—None. Penalties—Alberts, Van, double minor (high-sticking), 2:21; Lapierre, Mon (holding), 16:11; Darche, Mon (charging), 19:38.
Third Period—2, Montreal, Hamrlik 1 (Cammalleri, Spacek), 4:39 (pp). Penalties—Alberts, Van (delay of game), 2:42. Shots on Goal—Vancouver 6-9-20—35. Montreal 10-9-10—29. Power-play opportunities—Vancouver 0 of 4; Montreal 1 of 4. Goalies—Vancouver, Luongo 5-4-2 (29 shots-27 saves). Montreal, Price 8-5-1 (35-35). A—21,273 (21,273).
First Period—1, N.Y. Rangers, Boyle 6 (Girardi, Avery), 4:02. 2, Washington, Laich 4 (Semin, Ovechkin), 8:52 (pp). 3, N.Y. Rangers, Boyle 7, 12:56 (pp). Penalties—Green, Was, major (fighting), 5:17; Dubinsky, NYR, major (fighting), 5:17; Chimera, Was (roughing), 8:06; Boyle, NYR (roughing), 8:06; Christensen, NYR (tripping), 8:28; New York bench, served by Avery (abuse of officials), 8:52; Washington bench, served by Ovechkin (too many men), 10:53; Green, Was (hooking), 11:15; Hendricks, Was (roughing), 16:29; Sauer, NYR, double minor (roughing), 16:29.
Second Period—4, Washington, Erskine 1 (Sloan, Hendricks), 2:34. 5, N.Y. Rangers, Boogaard 1, 3:15. 6, Washington, Knuble 2 (Ovechkin, Green), 9:18. Penalties—B.Gordon, Was (hooking), 6:21; Girardi, NYR (boarding), 7:05.
Third Period—7, Washington, Hendricks 2 (Bradley, Laich), 7:53. 8, Washington, Laich 5 (Green, Alzner), 19:54 (en). Penalties—Alzner, Was (hooking), 12:25. Shots on Goal—Washington 14-5-5—24. N.Y. Rangers 11-8-9—28. Power-play opportunities—Washington 1 of 4; N.Y. Rangers 1 of 4. Goalies—Washington, Neuvirth 9-3-0 (28 shots-25 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 6-5-1 (23-19). A—18,200 (18,200).