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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- ... When the NHL invites the person known as Kid Rock to perform at next Sunday’s All-Star Game in Tampa, it is not about entertainment, it is offensive.

Further, it is mystifying why this league, whose embrace of the You Can Play program and creation of its Hockey Is for Everyone initiative puts it at the professional sports vanguard on gender issues, would damage its reputation by inviting this barely relevant person to share the spotlight with its greatest athletes.

- ... The young swashbucklers took their talents to Game 7 of the first round against the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Caps.

You wanted to see the Maple Leafs. More than that, you wanted every team around the league to be the Maple Leafs. Because that was entertainment.

But just as Dean Smith was the only coach who could stop Michael Jordan while together at UNC, Mike Babcock became the coach to put an end to what he obviously perceived as the foolishness in Toronto, making certain to pound his square pegs into the round holes of the homogenous NHL.

- The Wild always seem to be just a little less than expected, aren’t they? It is worth noting Minnesota has only two playoff round victories in the Zach Parise-Ryan Sutter Era that began in 2012-13 and has six more seasons to run on the homeboys’ twin 13-year, $98 million contracts....

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HaHasek's avatar

1) It’s not mistifying. The NHL will latch on to anyone who will potentially bring in more viewers. The same reason why the invite the kid rock is the the same reason why they participate in the You Can Play and Hockey is For Everyone programs. Any ethics involved in either is incidental.

2) Despite being a Leafs fans, I half hope these writers (New York guy here taking his cue from Toronto writers) run their coach and stars out of town like they have with so much talent in the past. They need to just let one of the best coaches in the league do his thing.

Posted by HaHasek on 01/20/18 at 08:17 PM ET

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