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Thomas left off All-Star ballot

11.04.08 at 2:20 pm ET
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Tim Thomas clearly is the Rodney Dangerfield of NHL goalies.

NHL Eastern Conference All-Star last year? Check.

Leading the entire NHL with a .944 save percentage? Check. 

Second in the NHL behind the excellent Ryan Miller with a 1.82 goals against average thus far this season? Check. 

Thomas had a breakout season last year where he actually picked up the win during the NHL All-Star game and helped lead an overachieving Bruins team to a Stanley Cup playoff berth, but that didn’t seem to be enough to qualify Thomas as one of the 10 Eastern Conference goaltenders good enough for the All-Star ballot. It seems that there isn’t anything the athletic, do-or-die Thomas can do to rise any higher than the already admittedly-excellent inspirational story of a  journeyman turned regular netminder in the NHL.

Thomas won 28 games, finished fourth in the NHL with a .921 save percentage last season and piled up three shutouts while firmly establishing himself between the Black and Gold’s pipes, but that’s obviously done nothing for his rep around the loathe-to-change NHL.

“”He’s certainly found his groove. He’s been extremely good for us, especially in the last week. So we’ve been riding him,” said Claude Julien of Thomas before learning about the NHL All-Star Ballot snub. “We’ve said from Day 1 that if somebody was going to start playing extremely well, we would take advantage of it. We also have Manny, who I thought has played well also. But Timmy’s caught fire.

“We think he played extremely well that last week where he’s given us some opportunities to win some pretty important games. That’s Tim battling as usual,” added Julien.

Here’s the full release from the NHL:

The NHL released the 104-player ballot for XM/NHL All-Star
Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports today, with Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno
Chara
and Marc Savard representing the Bruins. Voting opens Nov. 12.

Bergeron has posted 3-5=8 totals, a +5 rating and has won 58.7 percent
of his faceoffs (eighth in the league) in the Bruins 12 games this
season, while Savard has recorded five goals, 10 assists and a +6
rating.  Savard’€™s 15 points rank tied for third in the NHL as of
Tuesday, November 4.  A Norris Trophy finalist last year, Chara has
three assists on the season while averaging a team high 26:41 of ice
time per game.

Chara, Savard, and goaltender Tim Thomas appeared in last year’s
all-star festivities.  Thomas was the winning goaltender in the All Star
game, Savard tallied the winning goal and Chara won the Hardest Shot
competition with a 103.1 MPH blast during the SuperSkills event.

In a first for all major professional sports leagues, the NHL will
provide real-time All-Star fan balloting results online at NHL.com. From
Nov. 12 through Jan. 2, NHL fans will be able to vote as often as they
like to select the starting lineups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in
Montreal. Fans around the world can vote online via interactive English
and French ballots at Vote.NHL.com. Those in the U.S. and Canada also
will be able to cast their votes via text message using any wireless
carrier. During the voting period, real-time results will be available
exclusively on Vote.NHL.com/results. This marks the third consecutive
year the All-Star Balloting process is entirely digital.

Fans can vote for up to six Eastern Conference players and six Western
Conference players: three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender.
For the first time, fans will be permitted to select as few as one
player — a balloted player or write-in — per online ballot at
Vote.NHL.com or via text message. The three forwards, two defensemen and
one goaltender from each Conference receiving the most votes will
comprise the starting lineups. Each of the 30 NHL clubs has at least two
representatives on the ballot.

The NHL will promote XM NHL All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K
Sports across its TV, print, online and wireless advertising platforms.
Promotional support will be provided by the NHL Network, NHL Radio and
broadcast partners VERSUS (U.S.), CBC (Canada) and RDS (Canada).
Promotional materials for the campaign, in both English and French, will
launch on Wednesday, Nov. 12, the first day of balloting.

The 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend in Montreal will celebrate the Montreal
Canadiens
‘€™ Centennial season with live national broadcasts of the
Honda/NHL SuperSkills event on Saturday, Jan. 24 and the NHL All-Star
Game on Sunday, Jan. 25, on VERSUS in the United States and CBC and RDS
in Canada.

The Bruins return to action on Thursday, November 6 when they host the
Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:00 p.m. ET.

2008-09 XM / NHL All-Star Fan Ballot

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Goaltenders
Martin Biron, Philadelphia Flyers, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils,
Rick DiPietro, New York Islanders, Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh
Penguins
, Kari Lehtonen, Atlanta Thrashers, Henrik Lundqvist, New York
Rangers
, Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres, Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens,
Vesa Toskala, Toronto Maple Leafs, Tomas Vokoun, Florida Panthers

Defensemen
Jay Bouwmeester, Florida Panthers, Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins, Sergei
Gonchar, Pittsburgh Penguins, Mike Green, Washington Capitals, Tomas
Kaberle
, Toronto Maple Leafs, Mike Komisarek, Montreal Canadiens, Andrei
Markov, Montreal Canadiens, Teppo Numminen, Buffalo Sabres, Chris
Phillips, Ottawa Senators, Wade Redden, New York Rangers, Kimmo Timonen,
Philadelphia Flyers, Ryan Whitney, Pittsburgh Penguins

Forwards
Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators, Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins,
Daniel Briere, Philadelphia Flyers, Rod Brind’Amour, Carolina
Hurricanes
, Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, Chris Drury, New York
Rangers, Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devils, Simon Gagne, Philadelphia
Flyers, Scott Gomez, New York Rangers, Dany Heatley, Ottawa Senators,
Trent Hunter, New York Islanders, Saku Koivu, Montreal Canadiens, Ilya
Kovalchuk
, Atlanta Thrashers, Alex Kovalev, Montreal Canadiens, Vincent
Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning, Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins,
Markus Naslund, New York Rangers, Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils, Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers,
Brian Rolston, New Jersey Devils, Derek Roy, Buffalo Sabres, Martin St.
Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning, Marc Savard, Boston Bruins, Alexander Semin,
Washington Capitals, Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators, Eric Staal, Carolina
Hurricanes, Alex Tanguay, Montreal Canadiens, Thomas Vanek, Buffalo
Sabres, Ray Whitney, Carolina Hurricanes

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Goaltenders
Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild, Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes, J.S.
Giguere, Anaheim Ducks, Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames, Pascal
Leclaire, Columbus Blue Jackets, Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks,
Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose Sharks, Chris Osgood, Detroit Red Wings, Marty
Turco
, Dallas Stars

Defensemen
Rob Blake, San Jose Sharks, Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks, Brent Burns,
Minnesota Wild, Brian Campbell, Chicago Blackhawks, Nicklas Lidstrom,
Detroit Red Wings, Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks, Dion Phaneuf,
Calgary Flames, Chris Pronger, Anaheim Ducks, Brian Rafalski, Detroit
Red Wings, Robyn Regehr, Calgary Flames, Sheldon Souray, Edmonton
Oilers
, Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

Forwards
Jason Arnott, Nashville Predators, Brad Boyes, St. Louis Blues, Dustin
Brown
, Los Angeles Kings, Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings, Shane Doan,
Phoenix Coyotes, Marian Gaborik, Minnesota Wild, Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim
Ducks, Milan Hejduk, Colorado Avalanche, Ales Hemsky, Edmonton Oilers,
Shawn Horcoff, Edmonton Oilers, Marian Hossa, Detroit Red Wings, Jarome
Iginla, Calgary Flames, Olli Jokinen, Phoenix Coyotes, Patrick Kane,
Chicago Blackhawks, Paul Kariya, St. Louis Blues, Mikko Koivu, Minnesota
Wild, Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings, Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks,
Mike Modano, Dallas Stars, Brenden Morrow, Dallas Stars, Rick Nash,
Columbus Blue Jackets, Mike Ribeiro, Dallas Stars, Brad Richards, Dallas
Stars, Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche, Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks,
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche, Joe
Thornton
, San Jose Sharks, Keith Tkachuk, St. Louis Blues, Jonathan
Toews, Chicago Blackhawks, Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings

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