Sad, terrible news out of Toronto this afternoon for you Hockey fans. As many people have noted this past weekend's NHL ASG was pretty tame and boring. I watched the better part of the first two periods before turning it off in favor of Duke-MD, but it seemed like the players were just going through the motions.
The disinterest and could lead to the Skills Competition and maybe the game being nixed. From Toronto Sun via SbB....
The league may have tough decisions to make. While some league officials privately are wondering why the NHL continues to have the all-star game, there could be changes after next year's game is held in Montreal to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Canadiens.
Though cancelling the game seems a little harsh, there are proponents of that route in the NHL headquarters. At the very least, it would appear the skills competition is going to become a victim of the changes once the league figures out what direction it wants to take.
Saturday's presentation at Philips Arena was better than in past years, but it's still lacking and many wonder if the game couldn't just stand alone with a headliner concert on Friday night in the host city to help kick off the celebration.
So we won't ever get to hear goalies cursing live on-air again (1:35 in)?
That's a shame. I hope your f**ing hip is okay Dipietro, and I really hope they don't cancel the ASG. The players may not be THAT into it but it's better than the damn Pro Bowl.
NHL To Shutter All-Star Game? Good God, NO!!! (Sports by Brooks)
http://torontosun.com/Sports/Hockey/2008/01/28/4797585-sun.html (Toronto Sun)
(Thanks to reader PW for the YouTube clip)