NHL Lockout: Why the Loss of the All-Star Game Is No Big Deal in the Long Run

November 23rd, 2012 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »
The NHL lockout goes on, and the league continues to cancel games and big events.

In the last round of cancellations, the Winter Classic got the ax. This time, it's the annual NHL All-Star Weekend.

The event has been scheduled for the Nationwide Arena in Columbus for the weekend of Jan. 26-27.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been to the postseason once in their history, so getting a chance to host the All-Star Weekend would have given the organization a rare opportunity to get a taste of the NHL's limelight.

There will be no skills competition, no game for first- and second-year players and there will be no free-wheeling All-Star game.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly paid lip service to Ohio hockey fans by saying the league would attempt to reschedule a future All-Star Weekend to Columbus.

"We feel badly for NHL fans and particularly those in Columbus, and we intend to work closely with the Blue Jackets organization to return the NHL All-Star events to Columbus and their fans as quickly as possible," Daly said, via NHL.com.

The cancellation of the All-Star Weekend is not the least bit surprising. The lo ...

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