Entries with the tag: all-star game
Ah, the morning after the All-Star Game. Right about now, you should have read about 50 different writers and media folks saying the game is an abomination and it should go away.
Abomination? The game, well, yeah, it’s pretty bad. Should it go away? No, but there’s a caveat to that (more on that in a second). However, the simple answer to that is that All-Star weekend is a cash cow for the league which impacts revenues which impacts salary cap, and so on…so no, it shouldn’t go away, at least from a financial perspective.
From a hockey perspective, it shouldn’t go away either. Yes, it is meaningless, and at times painful. But put in the context of what it should be—essentially a hockey convention with an exhibition game at the end—it’s really not that bad. Just don’t focus on the game itself and you’ll see what I mean.
The good folks powering Versus.com (no, it’s not Keith Jones) asked if I’d be interested in live blogging the All-Star Game or the skills competition. I foolishly choose the actual game rather than the skills competition. All-Star Games are very hit and miss, so drop by here to bring some snark into your viewing experience. Oh, and Versus has given me a few goodies to post when things get dull (most likely during the intermission), so be sure to stick around.
And a few other random thoughts going into All-Star weekend…
Patrick Marleau, Daniel Sedin, Mikku Koivu, Marian Hossa, and Henrik Zetterberg vs. Keith Tkachuk, Mike Modano, and Milan Hejduk. The first five guys are having some of the best seasons in the NHL. The last three guys are not, but they’re apparently All-Stars.
I know the league has to cater to TV networks and sponsors, but doesn’t it seem strange that those last three guys made the Western Conference All-Stars? I mean, Modano is fourth on his team in scoring, Tkachuk’s 27 points aren’t bad but certainly not great, and Hejduk isn’t much better at 29 points. From their own teams, Brad Richards, Brad Boyes, and Paul Stastny (injured) would have easily made better picks. From a league perspective, each of the guys I listed above is far, far more deserving.
Picking guys with name value is understandable but when there are a bunch of guys who are deserving, it seems like the criteria has changed from “Have an outstanding season” to “Have a decent season as an elder statesman on the downside of his career.”
All-Star Games are generally pretty useless to bitch about, so I’m not going to go much further with this. I think we all know that as great of players as Tkachuk, Modano, and Hejduk are, they don’t deserve to be there. In fact, I’m betting that if you asked them, they’d probably say the same thing (that’s why hockey players are such great stand-up guys).
I didn’t see this directly linked anywhere on the All-Star voting page, but if you want to continuously check the voting results, all you have to do is go here. Be sure to bookmark it as it supposedly updates in real time.
Good job, Montreal. Not only are you celebrating your centennial, you want to make sure that the All-Star Game on your home ice has your dudes in the starting lineup.
A quick snapshot of fan voting as of 11 AM PST (it literally took me an hour to get through the various screens as it seems like the servers are crashing) shows a disparate amount of votes heading towards the Montreal Canadiens. Here’s the rundown on the East: