The NHL All Star game is in need of a major adjustment. While I do enjoy the skills competition and the young stars game, the big show is more of a big disappointment. First of all not all of the games stars are there, albeit some of them are injured and that is understandable. I really dislike the fact that every team needs to be represented and fan balloting system is flawed. Just a few player who should be there but are not....
Just to name a few, now how about some players that are there that maybe shouldn't be there....
Here is what I suggest, first off I would change the day of the event and make it at the end of the pre-season. So the 2008-09 All Star game would be played on October 1, 2009 thus spots on the team would be based on a full season of production and all players should be healthy. The Game would move alternating venues in North America and Europe. To increase the competitive feel of the game I would give the winning team home ice advantage in the Cup finals like in the World Series.
The Skills competition would remain the same while in North America but while in Europe it would pit the NHL's best against Host league's All Stars, while the Young Stars game would pit 2008-09 Rookies against 2009 Drafted players ie. Stamkos, Doughty, Schenn and Mason vs Tavares, Hedman, Cowan and Olivier Roy.
All this being said I do believe that the players do need a break in the season and that a 5 day break (Mon-thru Fri as to not take away from the weekend draw) in February.
What are your thoughts?