The all-star roster was announced on January 10, with six forwards, three defenders and two goaltenders named for each division. The first competition of the event every year is the race to see who can opt out, who gets opted out by injury and who replaces them.
So far Evgeni Malkin is out, and Cam Atkinson is in. There may be more changes.
The league routinely suspends players for one game if they drop out but have not missed any games prior to the event. Malkin missed the most recent Penguins game, so he’s in the clear.
The updated roster is below:
Coach: Michel Therrien
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens (C)
Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
Coach: John Tortorella will skip the event as he has a family emergency, and Wayne Gretzky will fill in. Seriously.
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins (C)
Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils
Cam Atkinson, Columbus Blue Jackets
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
Coach: Bruce Boudreau
Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks
Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild
Coach: Peter DeBoer
Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks
Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks
Mike Smith, Arizona Coyotes