Once upon a time, being named to the NHL All Star game was an amazing honour. Not that it's not now, but it doesn't have nearly the significance it once did, especially with a traveshamockery being made of the whole voting process, year after year. So let's take a page out of the NFL's book, shan't we?
- 1/3 of the vote is decided by the fans
- 1/3 of the vote is decided by the players
- 1/3 of the vote is decided by the coaches and GMs
Let's take a look at the players who did not make the starting line up, shall we?
Jeff Carter: 27G, 17A, 44P, +7
Phil Kessel: 24G, 16P, 40P, +16
Alex Ovechkin: 27G, 26A, 53P, +12
Marc Savard: 13G, 36A, 49P, +25
All of those players, except one, made the Eastern Conference reserve. And Kess? Well, I hope Kess didn't do like Savvy (4:42pm), and leave that weekend open.
The All Star Game has become a joke. Everyone's saying it, but is anyone listening? How many more years do the fans get to outsmart the league, and turn it into a circus? Change the way the voting is done, and make our vote far less significant than it is. Clearly, we can not be trusted, and even as they're snickering while accepting the "honour" of being named an All-Star, the players aren't too likely to rock that union boat and call shenanigans. Or bullshit. So someone needs to. Who's going to step up and be the hero?