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Is Ovechkin Thinking Of Skipping The All-Star Game?

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

Will have video link to Insider Trading soon, but lead item tonight is likelihood of Ovechkin taking himself out of NHL All-Star Game.

Which is to suggest I believe Ovechkin is likely to opt out of ASG tho no decision has been made and will be addressed by Caps tomorrow.

Ovechkin, even tho suspended, is eligible for ASG. Should all get sorted out Tues. Nothing final yet. But, IMO, I’d be surprised if he goes.

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added 10:54pm, via Darren Dreger tweets,

If OV skips the All Star don’t expect the NHL to discipline. League obviously wants him in Ott, but won’t make a big deal if he’s a no-show.

In 2009 NHL suspended Lidstrom and Datsyuk for not attending ASG in Mtl. A softer and gentler approach this time around.

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pensfan29's avatar

Boo hoo. Probably moving stuff into his new mansion

Posted by pensfan29 on 01/24/12 at 01:54 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

Man.  If I were Ovie’s agent I’d be telling him to tread lightly.  This is a good way to end up in little Gary’s shitcan.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/24/12 at 02:03 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Normally I’m in sync with Bob McKenzie, but I disagree with what he said in this clip.

If Ovechkin punks out on the all Star Game ( Which I don’t give a rats-a** about btw) he absolutely has to get a one game suspension. Just ask Nick & Pav about skipping little gary’s corporate schmooze fest.

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/24/12 at 02:17 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

I actually prefer the new policy. If somebody doesn’t want to go, replace them with someone who would be happy to go instead.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 01/24/12 at 02:29 AM ET

John W.'s avatar

I don’t see how the suspension policy would apply here.  I thought the rule was you had to miss either the game before or after the break if you skipped the ASG, and since he’s suspended both before and after the break, wouldn’t that count as missing those games?  The suspension would be served, in essence, by his other suspension.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 01/24/12 at 03:20 AM ET

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Skip the All Star game OV… all of Canada LOVES to hate Ovechkin.  Fine—give Canada what it wants!  An all-star game without the game’s biggest name!  They can play Crosby highlight tapes from memory lane…

Posted by jeremy 14 on 01/24/12 at 04:03 AM ET

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I don’t see how the suspension policy would apply here.  I thought the rule was you had to miss either the game before or after the break if you skipped the ASG, and since he’s suspended both before and after the break, wouldn’t that count as missing those games?

That missing a game before the break thing was supposed to be like the threshold for an injury being considered legitimate enoughe to miss the ASG or something.

Since Ovi’s suspension doesn’t impact his eligibility for or ability to play in the ASG, i dont think it really applies here.

Posted by jwad on 01/24/12 at 05:25 AM ET

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Contrary to popular belief by Caps fans, I don’t think Ovechkin is nearly the draw he used to be for these things. He even said when he was named to the ASG that he might retire his bit in the shooting skills competition.

Posted by VAHockeyFan on 01/24/12 at 12:23 PM ET

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I would skip it too. The ASG is a waste of time, he now has an excuse, he is suspended. If he can’t play for the Caps, then I wouldn’t play for the NHL either.

Posted by timbits on 01/24/12 at 12:25 PM ET

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AWWWWWWWWWWW Jaws is Butthurt !

Posted by Evilpens on 01/24/12 at 12:34 PM ET

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If he can’t play for the Caps, then I wouldn’t play for the NHL either.

You got it backwards. It should be changed to “If he chooses not to play for the NHL, then they shouldn’t let him play for the Caps either.”

He earned a suspension, he’s not a victim here. Whether or not the ASG is stupid (it is) has nothing to do with whether a player should be able to just skip it for any dumb reason. The rules are the rules, and he must play if he’s selected. And he’s selected because he’s one of the top players in the NHL. And he’s paid a large sum of money for it. This is a tiny obligation that comes with the job, suck it up.

Posted by awould on 01/24/12 at 12:48 PM ET

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I can’t disagree enough with Dreger here.

The league set a precedent by suspending Datsyuk and Lidstrom.  They now are 100% obligated to suspend anyone and everyone that opts out, and if they don’t then the conspiracy talk is only completely reinforced and proved true.

Posted by Primis on 01/24/12 at 01:17 PM ET

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and if they don’t then the conspiracy talk is only completely reinforced and proved true.

No it isn’t.

Want to know why the league isn’t going to suspend anyone again?  Because it was a ridiculous PR nightmare for them.  They’re not going to come out and admit they were wrong, but they’re also never going to do what they did to Lidstrom and Datsyuk.  And not because they were Red Wings.  In fact, this year it was made pretty clear that Lidstrom requested to not be added to the All-Star roster and his request was granted.  He’ll play on Wednesday, he’ll play on their first game back after the break and he won’t play in the All-Star game.

THAT proves that the conspiracy talk is wrong, because if there was any kind of conspiracy he would’ve been suspended.

End of story.

The only way anyone gets anything resembling what Lidstrom and Datsyuk got is if Ovechkin appears to be missing the game because he’s being childish, in which case the league could and should discipline him.

Posted by Garth on 01/24/12 at 02:13 PM ET

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