What should an All-Star Game be: a chance to see the best players all play the same game, or a celebration of sports and the league bringing fans together?
This question led to many heated discussions, Twitter feuds, and broken friendships (okay, that’s a little exaggerated). Some believe that only the best is the best, while others believe that every team deserves to participate in the biggest celebration of their sport at the end of the day. Colorado Avalanche star Nathan McKinnon announced Friday that he was in the ranks of the former team.
When McKinnon learned that his teammate and fourth-best NHL point-taker this season, Nazim Kadri, would not be named to the NHL All-Star Team, McKinnon was truly disappointed. “It’s not a sharing game,” he said. And while he’s technically right, that’s what the All-Star game has been for years now.
If NHL players truly believe that the All-Star Game should be a showcase of the best that the sport of hockey has to offer, then… NEWSFLASH! You may want to start putting your money where you are and playing the best hockey game possible. Anyone who’s watched an NHL All-Star game in years can tell you that it’s not the best hockey game the sport has to offer, it’s a 3-on-3 series with players mostly walking around and playing half ass trying to make sure they don’t get hurt, which is something Good. It’s not just a fixation like the Stanley Cup playoffs. And until the guys start taking it seriously, you’ll never be as good as the Stanley Cup playoffs. We’re not actually watching the best hockey game being played, we’re watching the biggest names from the best teams on the ice at the same time, and since that’s the case, why not give every fan base a chance to root for one of the players?
The NHL All-Star Game is a cash grab by the league. They want an event that attracts fans from all over the United States and Canada in an effort to attract a large number of views. It is not a necessary game. The players know that. Fans know that. The league knows it (which is why it was the first thing to be left off the NHL schedule due to COVID concerns last season). As long as it remains a non-essential event, players will not take it seriously, and it will never be what McKinnon claims. So why is it a bad idea for the NHL to include at least one player from each team?
The NHL’s biggest story this season has been the expansion of the league and the introduction of the Seattle Kraken, and although Kraken isn’t doing that well in the standings, every NHL fan was still thrilled about the inclusion of a new team. That’s what the NHL is all about, the love of hockey. That’s what fans care about. Of course they want to see the best players all play at the same time, and I’m sure if fans had the opportunity to vote for the entire roster of each division, my destiny would be an All-Star player. a team.
But unfortunately, he was not chosen by the NHL. It’s a shame, hopefully fans will vote for it as part of ‘Last Men’ poll, which will determine the final All-Star participant for each division. If he does, that’s great! System work. Qadri is here and every team will participate in the festivities. If not, that’s bad, but hey, the NHL knows what an All-Star game is all about and they bring it in. You can’t blame them for that.