Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/26/09 at 12:40 AM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The All-Star weekend isn’t going away, though, as much as some reporters might grumble about having to cover things such as the trick shooting event. It’s an important date on the NHL calendar when it comes to corporate schmoozing. And if you’d seen the way the city of Montreal embraced the event—the Bell Centre was packed to watch practice, along with the rest of the events—even the skeptics among us would’ve had to say there’s still a place for it.
But if the All-Star Game is to have its place, the league must deal with problem areas, and chief among them is the players and how they end up there.
If fans want to vote like crazy for their hometown heroes, as they did in Montreal by selecting Carey Price, Mike Komisarek, Alexei Kovalev and Andrei Markov to the starting lineup for Sunday’s game, fair enough.
But let’s stop rewarding the undeserving when the rest of the rosters are filled out.
added 9:46pm, from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,
Those of us who grew up watching hockey couldn’t have thought anything less of Gary Bettman than we already did before this past weekend.
But it was remarkable, nonetheless, to see the NHL commissioner turtle on the topic of fighting, give a Canadian player a pass for skipping the all-star game and then turn around and give paying customers a slap in the face by suspending Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk for not taking part in Sunday’s glorified afternoon skate?
added 10:24pm, from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
In future, before anyone bitches, moans and characterizes the All-Star Game as a Mel Brooks-caliber farce and near-total waste of perfectly good eyesight, they ought to attend one in a real hockey city like the home of the Habs.
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