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Alex Ovechkin Will Skip All-Star Weekend

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SauceBoss's avatar

The players don’t wanna play in it, the fans don’t want watch it. How long before the nhl cuts it’s losses on this one?

Posted by SauceBoss on 12/28/19 at 07:59 AM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

They will try and put it outside and call it the allstar pond classic or something. There is always another bad idea just waiting to hatch from the NHL marketing team.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 12/28/19 at 11:07 AM ET


Will he be suspended like Datsyuk and Lidstrom were?

Posted by ChillDistiller from Michigan on 12/28/19 at 01:14 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Yep CD, via Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

By rule, Ovechkin will have to miss one regular-season game for skipping the All-Star Game, either the Capitals’ final game before the break, at the New York Islanders on Jan. 18, or their first game after the break, at the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 27.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/28/19 at 01:18 PM ET

Alan's avatar

The players don’t wanna play in it, the fans don’t want watch it. How long before the nhl cuts it’s losses on this one?

The All-Star Game just isn’t fun to watch, and it hasn’t been for quite some time now. The league is now relying on more gimmicks to try and spur some interest, and it’s just not working. In my view, it would be pretty neat if they went back to the original model (League stars vs Cup-winning team), but the current model is boring.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 12/28/19 at 01:27 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

The ASG is just an opportunity for the league to glad-hand the corporate sponsors, and let a bunch of corporate muckity mucks pretend they’re friends with hockey players. Doesn’t matter if nobody watches, and if nobody wants to play. It falls under the “J-O-B” part of being an NHLer.

Posted by Steeb on 12/28/19 at 01:37 PM ET


It may not do much with television ratings but the game itself is always a sellout so somebody is interested. It’s primary purpose is a meet and greet with the corporate advertisers but I enjoyed it, in person, as a fan.

Don’t expect it to be like a best on best game. Players are protecting themselves for the stretch run and playoffs.

As for Ovechkin, he’s earned the right to sit this one out. He’s played in a bunch already and done a ton of work to market for the league. It offers the opportunity for another player to be honored. If it was up to me, he wouldn’t be suspended but I until the rule is changed (perhaps an opt out after 3 attendences) he has to serve it.

Posted by evileye on 01/03/20 at 05:08 PM ET

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