Thanks, Latvia. And Buffalo, too. But no thanks.
That was the message Zemgus Girgensons tweeted yesterday, telling folks in his homeland not to vote for him for this year's All-Star Game. With a clear push from his homeland, Girgensons was selected for last year's game in Columbus but doesn't want a similar situation for this season's game in Nashville.
"All due respect to fans, it's just something that you have to deserve," Girgensons said today. "How it went last year, I don't want to repeat that. It's a lot of pressure on me and something that's not earned right now.
"It was mixed emotions, different emotions," he said. "It's not something I got too much satisfaction out of and something I don't want to repeat this year."
Visu cieņu faniem, bet lūdzu šogad nebalsot par mani zvaigžņu spēlē! Šādas lietas ir jānopelna!
— Zemgus Girgensons (@zemgus94) December 2, 2015
The loose translation was "With all due respect to fans, please do not vote for me this year for the All-Star Game! Such things must be earned!"
Girgensons has just two goals and two assists this season but his rating in 21 games is just minus-1 and the Sabres clearly missed him defensively and on faceoffs when he missed four games due to an injury last month.
"I don't think I've played bad. I've stuck with it. My offensive production hasn't been where it was last year but I think i've done a pretty decent job overall. I hope I can get more chances at scoring and making plays."