Found January 27, 2012 on NY Rangers Blog:
Dan Rosen at reports that Carl Hagelin will participate in the fastest skater competition for Team Alfredsson during the All Star Skills Competition Saturday night.Daniel Aldredsson thinks Hagelin will win. The Rangers rookie will also be in the elimination shootout.Marian Gaborik will not be participating against his teammate but will represent Team Chara in the Skills Challenge Relay and Elimination Shootout.Meanwhile Dan Girardi will compete in the Accuracy Shootout as a passer for Team shock Hagelin was chosen for fastest skate. Pretty cool to hear Alfredsson say he thinks the Rangers rookie will win....surprised that Gaborik isn't competing against Hags in fastest skate. Maybe he bowed out so he's not embarrassed by the rook....Girardi totally getting snubbed by Hank, who apparently thinks his #1 defenseman is only good enough to be a passer.For full Skills Competition line-up click here.Finally, Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun reports that Joh...

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