Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/22/09 at 12:07 PM ET
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
But it is the last minute scratches which are a major headache for the league. There is an unwritten rule from the NHL that if you pull out of All-Star Weekend, you better miss at least the game before the All-Star break, and the first game after it. Of course, this is impossible to enforce.
Sensational Columbus goalie Steve Mason played back-to-back games Tuesday and Wednesday, and made some typically spectacular saves. Yet his team announced Tuesday he wouldn’t be going to Montreal because of back spasms.
Washington sophomore Nicklas Backstrom looked fine against Ottawa Tuesday night, but he’s pulled out too.
I’m not judging either player. In fact, I’m guessing the decision was probably made by coaches or management. But it troubles me.
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