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Is It Really An All-Star Game?

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

A quick mix of the things we gleaned from the week of hockey, serious and less so, and rolling four lines deep. Nothing to see here. Just a lil dancing.

1. I vividly remember Leo Komarov lonely sitting at his pod at the 2016 All-Star Media Day in Nashville, waiting for a crowd to form and questions that barely arrived. A couple local reporters and the Maple Leafs’ own film crew dutifully spoke with him. But the swarms went elsewhere, and he left the room early.

I write this not to shame Uncle Leo. He’s a helluva character, a beauty quote, and was a terrific role player in his prime. What he was not, however, is an NHL all-star. But it didn’t matter that the Leafs were in blatant tank mode that season.

In Gary Bettman’s circus of parity, every team must send an all-star rep.

In 2022, we have Arizona’s Clayton Keller (tied for 75th in scoring) awarded his second appearance and Montreal’s Nick Suzuki (tied for 159th) awarded his first.

Again, nothing against these talented athletes. But Keller’s all-star debut was made during (checks notes) a 14-goal season. Nazem Kadri

In other words, we get where Nathan MacKinnon is coming from.

“It’s silly,” MacKinnon said, twice. “It's silly. I don't think every team should send a guy. I think it's a silly rule that we have. It's an all-star game; it's not a participation game. Naz is [fifth] in scoring in the NHL, and he's got to get voted in still. So, I don't think that's right.”

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TreKronor's avatar

It’s silly,” MacKinnon said, twice. “It’s silly. I don’t think every team should send a guy. I think it’s a silly rule that we have. It’s an all-star game; it’s not a participation game. Naz is [fifth] in scoring in the NHL, and he’s got to get voted in still. So, I don’t think that’s right.”

Seems like the first time I’ve heard an NHL player upset about not getting to play in the all star game. Maybe attitudes are changing.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/15/22 at 02:07 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

The NHL should get in the Wayback Machine and have the Cup winners play an all-star team from the rest of the league. I still watch the skills competition when I’m around when it’s on, but haven’t watched the actual game(s) in a decade or so. It’s not an event for fans, it’s for the kids, and to glad-hand the sponsors. It’s also a nice honorific for a player, esp during contract negotiations (or Hall of Fame considerations). But yea, that bit is probably watered down a bit by the every-team-gets-a-player rule.

Posted by Steeb on 01/15/22 at 05:36 PM ET

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