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First thing to go if there’s a long lockout? The All-Star Game

Aug 19, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

2013 NHL All-Star Game logo

As if Columbus Blue Jackets fans haven’t had a hard enough summer, they’ve now got to root really hard that a lockout doesn’t dig too far into the season.

Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports that if a lockout does occur and goes too far into the regular season, the first big event to be cut out will be the NHL All-Star Game. Portzline says if the lockout even goes a month into the season, the event could be wiped out.

While that might cause concern for the Winter Classic as well, keep this in mind: You need games to be played to pick out all-stars, team rosters are already in place for the Red Wings and Maple Leafs. That’s why the NHL has up until the day of the Winter Classic, January 1, to cancel the event.

Back during the season that never happened in 2004-05, the All-Star Game was set to take place in Atlanta, but when the lockout got into November, the NHL called it off. Atlanta later got an All-Star Game in 2008 to make up for the one burned by the work stoppage.

  1. lordfletcher - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    wow. Just add it to the list for these fans….

    now just throw in another missed lottery pick for Mackinnon and you’ll have a fan base that will not show up anymore.

    I feel so bad for you guys, you deserve better!

    -wild fan

  2. jacketsfan7 - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Thanks for feeling bad wild fan :) I’m supposed to go to that all star game too 😐

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      You’ll get one CBJ fan. 2013 All-Star Game wiped out, no All-Star game in 2014 for the Olympics. Has 2015 been awarded yet?

      • barkar942 - Aug 20, 2012 at 12:24 AM

        The 2015 All Star Game goes to wherever the Coyotes end up (part of the purchase price of the team).

    • east96st - Aug 19, 2012 at 7:22 PM

      I hope a buddy was hooking you up with tickets or you were scalping. Because if you bought season tickets after everything that happened this season, you’re part of the problem. McConnell needs to see an empty arena. Nothing else has gotten through to him. As long as we are willing to pay top dollar for a substandard product, he has no incentive to change.

  3. illadelphiasphinest - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    This francise needs to move to a bigger city. N get new ownership. Players dont wanna go there.

    • east96st - Aug 19, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      You do realize that Columbus is the15th largest US city based on population, right? Plus, since almost all of Ohio is a three hour or less drive from Nationwide, CBJ has about 11 million potential fans to draw from. The size of the city is NOT the problem. The fact that the owner, the president, and the GM are the three biggest assclowns in the NHL is the problem.

  4. flyerscup2010 - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    jeez, if atlanta had a lockout-canceled all star game and then lost their team by the time the next CBA expired, blue jackets fans have a really unfortunate precedent to work with here

  5. martysbetter - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    I like the skills competition better than the actual game – and the whole fantasy draft thing is kind of gimmicky and stupid.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 20, 2012 at 12:58 AM

      Exactly, the ASG is past it’s best before date, and the threat of cancellation due to lockout is the only reason to hope for a lockout!

  6. funnyman549 - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Sorry Columbus fans. I don’t think the first games of the year will be played until around Dec.10, They will settle in time to have the Wings in shape to play in the winter classic since this event has become such a huge moneymaker. The schedule would be compressed and they won’t break for the all star game. Really hope that I am wrong about this but you all know how big business operates, even in the sports world. Never any regard for the fans who keep them in business!

  7. rca26 - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    On the bright side, if their game gets postponed, maybe they will have an All-Star on their team by the time they get to host.

  8. pavelfitzgerald - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    The only way things could get any worse is if the Blue Jackets announced a “Howson contract for life”!

  9. relicwingnut - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Here is the thing I’m afraid of in a lockout. How many fans will the NHL lose because of this? Its really just started to rise back to the popularity it used to have and now this…. its a shame that they don’t come to agreement before the season starts. Both sides needs each other to really make money. Can’t have one without the other. And to be honest who cares about the All-Star Game? I’d take events like the Winter Classic any day of the week.

  10. jacketsfan7 - Aug 19, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    @greatminnestasportsmind thanks I know it’ll happen just like it’ll happen in st.paul

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Aug 19, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      we already had it 2004, i’m guessing it may be awhile before we get one again

  11. ndnut - Aug 19, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Maybe they’ll make it up to them with a Winter Classic at The Horseshoe. In a lot of cities that would be better. However, having the All-Star Game in Columbus is the one chance for those fans to see top level hockey. Please NHL owners and NHLPA, do it for the poor Columbus hockey fans! (then award a Winter Classic to someone out west, like Minnesota, Colorado, Vancouver, heck Dodger Stadium showed interest, and they have done it before in Vegas!)

  12. 22bju - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    You know what I don’t want to ever hear again, “it’s all about the fans.”

    The fans are the ones that always pay when these labor disputes occur. No matter who is right and who is wrong, the fans lose every time.

  13. gatordontplay - Aug 20, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    If there’s a lockout in the NHL does that affect the ahl?

    • prayteachlove - Aug 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      No, back in 04-05 the AHL played a full season, benefit is players with two way contracts may end up on AHL club rosters!

  14. gatordontplay - Aug 20, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Ok cool thanks

  15. jrcan13 - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Wont miss the game but I feel bad for Columbus fans >.<

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