Hot Huselius gets snubbed by league

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

The news wasn't taken well by Jarome Iginla, but Kristian Huselius shrugged it off.

Unless Huselius replaces an injured player, Iginla and Dion Phaneuf won't have a third wheel at the NHL all-star game later this month.

Despite being 14th in the league and fifth in the Western Conference in the scoring race with 47 points, Huselius was left off the list when the league announced the rest of the squad yesterday.

"I didn't give it a thought. It's nothing I thought about," said Huselius, whose 20 goals has him tied for 15th in the league and ninth in the West.

Iginla, who understood each team had to have one representative, leaving few spots open, was disappointed for the talented left-winger.

"He definitely deserved to be there," Iginla said. "The season he's having is amazing. He's one of the guys in the league and conference who could be there."

As for the break, the Flames will go eight days between games. Huselius can enjoy a breather before heading into the home stretch.

"My family talked about a few different things. We haven't decided (what we'll do) yet," he said.

That wasn't the only news regarding the annual showcase that will be held in Atlanta.

Using a similar format as the NBA's slam dunk event, a shootout showdown will be held during the skills competition. Shooters will be given two attempts to score, encouraged to do their most creative moves for the panel of judges that will immediately grade them.

"I like the idea. I'm really looking forward to watching it," Iginla said with a grin. "I, unfortunately, don't have a ton of special moves. I'm a little more straight forward.

"We've seen some of the trick moves. Guys have some. I don't."

The Flames captain is actually going to the game with a plan this time around. He's attended three affairs before but has yet to score a goal.

He has just one assist to his name.

However, with the belief the league will hold the shootout competition from now on, don't be surprised to see Iginla, who was tied for second spot in the league's goal-scoring race before last night's action with 32 tallies, try his hand down the road.

"Now that I know this is a part of it, I hope to one day be back at an all-star game, and, in the summer, I'll be trying to get a move going," he said.

Phaneuf, known more for his blistering point shot and hard hits, also figured he'd be a bystander for the shootout contest.

"I don't know if I'll be involved in that one," he said. "Some of the guys will have some pretty good stuff.

"There's a lot of skilled guys and a lot of creativity."


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