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#1 YzerFan19

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Posted January 21, 2009 - 04:29 PM

As has been reported several places today, Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk will be missing the All-Star Game in Montreal this weekend due to injury.

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Datsyuk sustained a hip flexor during the third period of Tuesday's 6-3 loss in Phoenix. Lidstrom, who scored two goals, finished the game, but apparently is still bothered by the ankle injury that caused him to miss two games Dec. 27-30, after he blocked a shot in Nashville.


I find it extremely interesting that the NHL made such a big deal about getting representatives from all 30 teams onto the rosters, only to replace the two Detroit representatives with a Star and a Shark in Stephane Robidas and Patrick Marleau.

Maybe Henrik Zetterberg and Marian Hossa declined the opportunity, like Brian Rafalski did last year (and I assume did again this year). Do you really mean to tell me, though, that Jiri Hudler and Mikael Samuelsson turned down the chance to go? Before you say they don't deserve it, know that they both have similar or better stats than Colorado All-Star representative Milan Hejduk.

While I hate the NHL's hypocrisy on the issue, it's actually a relief for me. Snubbing the Wings means that I won't be watching the game, which gives me three hours that I didn't expect to have this weekend.

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Posted January 21, 2009 - 06:44 PM

That's....wow. Angering, to put it lightly. I especially dislike Marleau too, pity.

I don't know if I will watch cause of said circumstances & the fact that it's on Versus again (I'm assuming) and their awful commentators. Unless they get better ones since the All-Star game is huge?

But I might watch cause I like to see people from the Eastern conference play, since that only happens once every blue moon.

Enjoy your extra three hours, though! :)

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Posted January 22, 2009 - 07:46 AM

Whether your players are in the game or not, the all-star game is a colossal waste of time. I do watch the skills competition because it's something different than you see night to night and I'm a sucker for the pre-game intros.

After that they "game" may stay on as background noise.

No player from the Stanley Cup champs is a joke though. Fan balloting needs to go away.

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Posted January 22, 2009 - 10:57 AM

I said this last year or the year before but I swear the ASG didn't used to suck so much. I remember being psyched about it in the mid-90s. Was that just because I was younger and didn't know any better or has it really gotten worse?

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Posted January 23, 2009 - 04:40 PM

The buzz all day has been that Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk will be suspended one game for missing the All-Star Game this weekend.

Honestly, I have no words for this. Malik has a couple posts about it. For those in a more embittered mood, Bill at A2Y has words as well.

I heard NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly on NHL Home Ice on my way home, only caught a few minutes before turning it off lest I run someone off the road. His line was (and I'm paraphrasing) that for whatever reason, if a player needs to rest over the All-Star break then they need to rest for a regular season game, too.

Great, now we've got the NHL telling us how injured our players are. Fantastic.

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Posted January 23, 2009 - 05:52 PM

What a load of bollocks. As that rule exists, then there should be a rule that an player who misses a regular season game through injury also has to miss the next game. It makes no sense. I used to get a bit excited about the all-star game, but I think it was the novelty value.

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Posted January 23, 2009 - 07:43 PM

The buzz all day has been that Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk will be suspended one game for missing the All-Star Game this weekend.

Whatthef--- kind of rule is that? >:| That makes me angry. I'd like to break whoever made that rule's leg and then tell them they have to play in the All-Star game or get a day off of their job without pay!

:c That's the most stupid thing I've heard in awhile. A long, long while.

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Posted January 23, 2009 - 11:57 PM

http://www.nationalp...html?id=1211965

"I don't know exactly what Gary has said, but we've always encouraged our players to go and they have over the years," Holland said. "We played in the Winter Classic when asked even though there was some internal opposition. We gave up our traditional New Year's Eve game. We've helped carry the flag for the league for more than a decade. I think we've tried to be good partners in these things. I understand the All-Star Game is important, but I'm not going to tell Nick and Pavel to go either."


Goddamned straight, Kenny.

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Posted January 24, 2009 - 03:24 PM

I don't want to continue talking about an exhibition game I'm not going to watch but I feel the need to point out a couple more things about the whole Nicklas Lidstrom / Pavel Datsyuk skipping the All-Star Game.

One of my early complaints was that no Red Wings were selected to replace Lidstrom and Datsyuk. Sports Illustrated reports that the NHL did ask for Wings replacements. Specifically, Brian Rafalski and Marian Hossa were asked and declined, citing plans made after they found out they weren't on the team.

Now, I still contend that the NHL could have gone down the list and also asked Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg, Jiri Hudler and Mikael Samuelsson, showing that they were trying as hard to make sure Detroit was represented as they did to represent Colorado and St. Louis. I don't blame them too much, though so I retract my original complaint.

The more important note was pointed out in the comments at A2Y by AndrewFromAnnArbor before I had a chance to post it myself so I have to give him some credit.

The clause in the NHL standard player contract that relates to All-Star Game participation reads as follows:

2. The player agrees to give his services and to play hockey in all NHL Games, All-Star Games, International Hockey Games, and Exhibition games to the best of his ability under the direction and control of the club in accordance with the provisions hereof.

Key line there? "[U]nder the direction and control of the club." The player's contract is with the team, not with the league, and it is the team that decides whether or not the player will play in the All-Star Game. The Red Wings have decided that Lidstrom and Datsyuk will not play, to me the league has no place to say anything about it.

Of course, you can argue that the league isn't penalizing the players, they're penalizing the team. In an incredibly odd move, Lidstrom and Datsyuk won't actually be suspended, they just won't be allowed to play. This means that the Wings will get no cap relief from their missed game and won't be able to call anyone up to replace them. If Brad Stuart and Johan Franzen are still injured come Tuesday, the Red Wings will have to play two men down because they don't have the ability to call anyone up.

My opinion? If the week off means Datsyuk and Lidstrom are healed by Tuesday, the Wings should play them and force the NHL's hand. Either suspend the players or don't, none of this "We're not suspending them, we're just not allowing them to play" idiocy.

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Posted January 24, 2009 - 11:35 PM

And to add fuel to the fire...Are Hossa and Rafalski really in a position to decline? Now, they were made part of the all-star game, but chose not to go. Should they be not allowed to play vs C-bus?

I think the Wings are playing a power hand here. As a team they rightfully felt snubbed and have made a stand.

Be interesting to watch it unfold. I think Wings will quietly rest Nick and Dats one more game...too bad really.

It was funny during intros that I explained to my son how every team was represented...then I thought to myself...except the Champs...ridiculous.

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Posted January 25, 2009 - 07:35 PM

Anyone know the score? I've been playing Lego Star Wars.

#12 Mathieu_Datsyuk132351

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Posted January 25, 2009 - 08:30 PM

I just turned it on. I thought it was on last night. Haha, shows how long I've been around :)

Holy Christ! The score is West 10 - East 9. That's a little too much for me.

And at least Mike Babcock's there. But I'm still not cheery over this whole thing.

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Posted January 25, 2009 - 09:03 PM

Haha, it went into overtime and I didn't even notice.

11-11 now, well obviously since they're in OT.

Less than a minute.

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East wins it in the shootout.

Alex Kovalev won the car.

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Posted January 25, 2009 - 09:16 PM

I only saw the shootout. The east win, and Kovalev wins the MVP, and wins a pick-up truck, because it's not like he doesn't own some better cars already, bought in cash.




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