While Garth is boo-hooing that Pominville was taken too late in the fantasy draft, the rest of us are getting ready for the “game” known as the NHL All-Star Game.
Now, I’m not upset that Buffalo is under represented. There’s not really anyone from Buffalo who deserve to be in the game. Thomas Vanek is the only other Sabre that I could argue should be in the game. No one else from Buffalo deserves to be there.
This is a game for the fans actually at the game, and the kids in the audience. I’m sorry, but an 11-10 final score for a hockey game, isn’t realistic. The last games that were close to being decent All-Star games were in 2003 and 2004(6-5, shoot out, and 6-4). Those games could pass for a realistic games.
I feel sorry for the goaltenders who get to go to the All-Star game as well as the defensemen. It’s a show for all of the offensive players. There will be about 20 goals in the game tomorrow. The defensemen will be unable to play normal defense, and not play the way that they would in a real hockey game. The goalies will be faced with odd man rushes, and breakaways all night long. They don’t really stand a chance.
To be honest, the game is kind of like watching the Sabres this year, except each team will be getting extraordinary shots on goal instead of just the Sabres opponent. (Sorry, pains me to say that).
The only thing that I like about the All-Star game is how it has been set up last year and this year. I love the concept of appointing 2 captains, and having them pick their team. On paper, it’s always intriguing to see teammates playing against each other. It adds a new element to the game. However, instead of playing hard, like one would expect, it’s soft hockey, and there’s not any competition.
How to improve the All-Star game? As much as I would like to keep the current format, I don’t see how they can. I think it would improve the game if there was more meaning to it aside from pride. Go back to East vs West conference. Then, make the winner have home ice for the Stanley Cup Finals. Then, you give the players a reason to compete, to play hard, and maybe have this game be a more realistic hockey game.
Will it happen? I doubt it. This is an excuse for the players to make fancy moves, and have no one challenge them, like in a real hockey game. The game will remain pathetic, and only a chance for the offense to just show off their skills, instead of letting everyone show their skills off.