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by IwoCPO on 01/23/09 at 02:43 PM ET
1332 EST: Updated below with more from Craig Custance
Oh. I guess it’s on now, eh?
As you may have seen from the Emperor, Gary Bettman’s acting like a little bitch again.
The NHL says it will enforce an understanding that all players who decline to show after being named to the All-Star teams must miss at least one game before or one game after the All-Star weekend.
If so, Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom may be forced to sit the Red Wings next game if they don’t immediately change their All-Star break plans and report to Montreal.
So, let me get this straight. You, as commissioner, can allow this farce of a game to become the biggest joke of any pro all star games…and that says a lot, and then suspend players for opting out?
You can allow up to one thousand votes per day, per voter, per cell phone, per telegraph, per laptop, per blackberry and you’re going to enforce this crap?
Screw you. Eat it you little paranoid troll of an adolescent stuffed in a locker punk ass. Suspend Lidstrom. Suspend Datsyuk. We’ll still beat Columbus on the 27th or we won’t.
Don’t cave Kenny. Let the boys have their break. Let them rest up for the real season while Gary surrounds himself with ass kissers in Montreal.
Ass kissers? Like who?
Pittsburgh has no intention of testing NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s threat to suspend those who choose not show in Montreal for this weekends All-Star festivities.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is en route to Montreal and will arrive early this afternoon to fully participate in all off-ice All-Star activities.
Craig Custance, the real Wings beat writer, considering none of the Diggers have seen fit to chime in on this little ditty, says that not only is there a precedent for this...but that it looks like Lidstrom and Datsyuk are most certainly out come Tuesday if they don’t show in Montreal.
NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly said he expects the league to discipline the two players by having them sit out Tuesday against Columbus.
“Yeah, they have the ability to do and they have done it,” Kelly said. “They’re trying to strike the balance because their view is if you can’t skate for a legitimate reason, then you ought to come and participate in all of the events because it’s important for the sport.”
Last season, Kelly said, Martin Brodeur sat out the first game after the break because he missed the All-Star game in Atlanta. As long as the players are still paid, Kelly said, the disciplinary action is allowed.
Kelly said Colin Campbell and Detroit GM Ken Holland have had a discussion about Lidstrom and Datsyuk missing All-Star weekend, and the result isn’t good for the Red Wings.
“There is a strong likelihood they would not be able to play the first game back,” Kelly said.
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