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San Jose Sharks Back On Track and Why The All Star Game Should Be Mandatory

sharksfanThe San Jose Sharks returned from the All Star break looking very refreshed as they easily beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 last night. Evgeni Nabokov made some incredible saves and was helped by a great defensive play by Derek Joslin. I think Claude Lemieux was less impressive than he was against Vancouver, although he did accumulate 2 shots and 3 hits with 9:30 minutes of ice time.

What bothered me is the absence of Dan Boyle who suffered an injury in the All Star Game. Does anyone know the how he got hurt in, of all things, the All Star Game?

Fortunately it’s supposed to be a minor injury but nonetheless the Sharks do take a hit with him injured. However what bothers me is this whole dialog about whether or not it was fair to sit Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings for one game after skipping the All Star Game. One argument is that Lidstrom has always been a good ambassador for the game, appeared in all previous All Star Games and is legitimately hurt (or at least not 100%) and should have been excused. If the Sharks lose a guy for a game or two for attending, the Red Wings can lose a guy for not.

In any business you should make keeping your customers happy your top priority, and when the fans – the NHL’s customers – ask you to appear at their showcase event you should show up…period. I’m not sure if those two guys were voted in by the fans or not, but none the less the All Star Game is for the fans and when you’re asked to go you go. If this were the playoffs I’ll bet you they both would have suited up and been right there in the middle of things. Sitting out and resting was in the best interest of the Red Wings, but attending the All Star Game is in the best interest of the league.

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  1. I watched the All Star game from beginning to end and there was no mention of Boyle’s injury. Another indication of how bad the play-by-play was. They were probably talking to Pat Lafontaine about his charity or something else that nobody cared about when it happened.

    Posted by Son of OTNo Gravatar | January 28, 2009, 1:44 pm

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