7:02 PM: Zibanejad can be voted in for the final spot in the Metro. (NHL.com)
6:49 PM: The NHL has announced that Adam Fox and Chris Kreider will represent the Rangers at the All-Star game in Vegas next month.
This is Kreider’s second All-Star appearance.
From the Rangers:
- It is the first time since 2011-12 (Lundqvist, Girardi, Gaborik) that the Rangers will have multiple players represented in the All-Star Game. It is also the first time since 2002-03 (Brian Leetch, Tom Poti) that New York has had multiple American-born players selected to the same All-Star Game.
- Fox, 23, becomes the second defenseman in NHL history (P.K. Subban) to win a Norris Trophy before playing/being selected to an All-Star Game. He is the first Rangers defenseman since Ryan McDonagh (2016-17) to be selected to an All-Star Game.
- Kreider, 30, is making his second appearance in an All-Star Game after replacing Artemi Panarin at the 2020 event in St. Louis. He is the first Rangers forward to play in consecutive All-Star Games since Wayne Gretzky (1996-97 – 1998-99).
Adam Rotter: The Rangers had no shortage of candidates with Igor Shesterkin, Mika Zibanejad, and, most importantly, Artemi Panarin worthy of going. Fox makes sense and Kreider had such a hot start and is having a tremendous season, but it sort of seems like a miss not to bring Panarin. It is certainly possible, and probably likely, that Panarin politely asked not to be included. The league isn’t crazy about that and if you get voted in and opt not to go you have to miss a game, but with Kreider right there as an option and positional fit, the league may have been okay letting Panarin slide.