Don't get me wrong...I'm really excited about this announcement. Or I will be when the Greatest Commissioner in Sports makes it official here tomorrow morning. I'll be down there cranking it up with all the rest of you...on Broadway, at the fan events, at the Skills Competition. But the All-Star game itself? It's terrible. Part of it, and there's nothing to do about this, is that it's so wildly different from a regular NHL game as to be almost unrecognizable. There have been 65 goals in the last three games. Again, we can't expect big hits and diving in front of shots. It's an exhibition game, after all. So whatever on that. But there are two things about the game I do have a BIG problem with. The first is that there have only been 5 All-Star games in the last 10 years. Five. Lockout, Olympics, Olympics (again), lockout (again), and another Olympics have, um, disrupted the "annual" tradition. The second thing is the format. Are we doing East vs. West? North America vs. The World? The last game was Team Chara vs. Team Alfredsson. What's next? Shirts vs. Skins? There are a couple of easy ways to fix this. Number one is to pick a format and stick to it. I'm not a huge fan of the "Captains" model of the last couple of games...East vs. West is just fine, thank you very much. And ACTUALLY HAVING THE GAME ON A REGULAR BASIS would help, too. I hate NHL players in the Olympics anyway, and I think we're all on the same page on the lockout issue. So there it is, my "The All-Star Game is Terrible" manifesto...I'll be accepting your statements of support in the comments below.
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