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Canadiens pre-season begins tomorrow and a note on all star games

The Canadiens hit the ice tomorrow night against the Boston Bruins, in what promises to be a spirited affair as players try to earn Jacques Martin’s eye and thus a spot on the roster. Of note, Jarred Tinordi and Louis Leblanc make their debuts for Montreal, with the latter sure to get a response on par with the praise lauded on Gui Latandresse in his first game years ago. Jeff Halpern will also be donning the CH for the first time in his career, and Aaron Palushaj, acquired from St. Louis last season in exchange for Matt D’Agostini, gets the start up front after scoring four goals in an intrasquad game last week. Curtis Sanford and Carey Price will split the net.

A non Habs note: good for the OHL for scrapping the all star game this season. The only reason these exist in hockey is to make money.

The Canadiens hit the ice tomorrow night against the Boston Bruins, in what promises to be a spirited affair as players try to earn Jacques Martin’s eye and thus a spot on the roster. Of note, Jarred Tinordi and Louis Leblanc make their debuts for Montreal, with the latter sure to get a response on par with the praise lauded on Gui Latandresse in his first game years ago. Jeff Halpern will also be donning the CH for the first time in his career, and Aaron Palushaj, acquired from St. Louis last season in exchange for Matt D’Agostini, gets the start up front after scoring four goals in an intrasquad game last week. Curtis Sanford and Carey Price will split the net.

A non Habs note: good for the OHL for scrapping the all star game this season. The only reason these exist in hockey is to make money. And you know what? Leagues and owners make enough already. The players don’t really try, the fans get ripped off paying to watch, and in some cases teams lose key players to injury. There are 82 games on the schedule already, and the playoffs on top of that. Every couple of years there’s a tournament, be it the Olympics or the World Cup. So I say good for you, David Branch. Good decision. Now it’s time for Bettman to step up, scrap the cash cow, and give the players a rest.

The only caveat? If the game counts for something, then I am for playing it. It used to be a revenue generator for charity. If that was the case, I would be all for it. And it used to be the Cup champions versus the all stars. That would be competitive and interesting. So I would support that too. But this lollygagging and goofing around, seemingly because other sports do it? Let’s get rid of it and focus on what we all love, the game of hockey. Because the NHL all star game isn’t hockey. It’s a waste of a weekend and it’s time people stopped patronizingly praising it. Nine out of ten people I asked said they couldn’t care less if it disappeared. There was no all star game in 2010 - did anyone notice?

Scrap it, space out the games a bit more, and let’s focus on real hockey.

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Habs-Bruins should be fun to watch. Go Bruins smile

Regarding the All-Star game: I agree that in its current format, it doesn’t stand for much. A number of players refuse to attend, or in some cases, the teams ask them not to attend for reasons mentioned in your article (injuries being one of them, spending time at home / getting rested for the second half being the other).

I agree that a charity component would give it a different image, but would players treat it any differently? Nobody wants to go full bore during the all-star game and get hurt. It’s still going to be a “lite” version of the game, no matter what format it’s in. The optics surrounding the game would be different, but the product on the ice wouldn’t be all that different.

Personally, I tune in for the skills competition, but I hardly ever bother watching the game.

Posted by Briney on 09/22/10 at 11:42 AM ET

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Not a good game for Mr. Price. I’ll post a roundup shortly.

As for the AS game, glad to hear some agree. I see it as a money grab from a league that already makes a lot off of his fans. You’re right on the skills comp though, that can be entertaining.

The other aspect I didn’t address, that I think is ridiculous, is the penalties for players not attending. There has to be a better way to deal with this. Although if there was no AS game in the first place it wouldn’t be an issue.

Thanks for the comments!

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 09/23/10 at 10:23 AM ET

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