Defenseman Pavel Kubina of Tampa Bay was a last-minute addition to tomorrow's NHL All-Star Game at St. Paul, replacing Wade Redden of Ottawa, who is ill.
Glen Murray of the Bruins also was added, replacing injured Senator Marian Hossa, who was cut above his right eye Thursday night against Toronto.
This is Kubina's first All-Star Game in seven NHL seasons, all with Tampa Bay. With 13 goals, Kubina trails only Sheldon Souray (15) of Montreal among defensemen.
One contest traditionally has been no contest at the SuperSkills competition: Al MacInnis always had the hardest shot. MacInnis won the last five contests and is a seven-time winner, but he won't compete tonight. The Blues defenseman has a career-threatening eye injury that has forced him to miss all but three games this season. MacInnis's absence makes for a wide-open field. Of the returning competitors, Calgary's Jarome Iginla had the fastest shot a year ago in Sunrise, Fla., finishing third at 97.1 miles per hour. Al Iafrate holds the record with a 105.2 m.p.h. shot in 1993 . . . San Jose's Ron Wilson will coach the United States in hockey's World Cup from Aug. 30-Sept. 14 . . . Offensive alert: An average of 16 goals have been scored in the last 10 All-Star Games -- about 11 more than in a regular-season game this season . . . Actor Kurt Russell, who portrays US Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks in the movie "Miracle," will take part in a pregame tribute tomorrow to Brooks, a Minnesota native.