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Report: Cancelation of NHL All-Star Game “not imminent”

Oct 26, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

NHL ASG 2013

The 2013 NHL All-Star Game — set to be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus — is in no immediate danger of being canceled.

That’s the word out of Ohio on Friday as Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch passed along word from NHL deputy commissioner Billy Daly, who said the cancelation of the game is “not imminent.”

The Blue Jackets franchise is probably breathing a small sigh of relief about that news, especially after yesterday’s report from ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:

While Daly would not say exactly, it’s expected the NHL will cancel games for all of November on Friday.

The Winter Classic and All-Star Game are not expected to be part of that announcement, although they could be axed as early as next week.

The ASG is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 27 with the skills competition set for the 26th.

It will be the first time the Blue Jackets have hosted an All-Star Game and just the second marquee NHL event in franchise history — previously, Columbus hosted the Entry Draft in 2007.


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  1. rodeoclowndc - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  2. mgp1219 - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Who really cares about the all star game, anyway? It’s a farce, like every professional all star game. They should cancel it and have the rest of the 82 game schedule.

    • elvispocomo - Oct 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      Well, as has been the case with much of these negotiations, the NHL cares about the all star game because it generates extra revenue. From a fan perspective, perhaps is fun for the younger fans, but I’d think a fair number of the adult fans don’t care that much about that break in the schedule. I’d think most would rather have more games or a less condensed schedule if it meant dropping that event from the calendar.

  3. elvispocomo - Oct 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    It seems there is a rumour going round that both the Winter Classic and All Star games will be cancelled on Monday.

    @Buccigross: NHL sources tell me the NHL will cancel Winter Classic and All Star Game. Announcement presently scheduled for Monday.

    • georgiared - Oct 27, 2012 at 1:45 AM

      If the Winter Classic gets cancelled, then the season is gone and the players just screwed themselves out of a LOT of money

      • elvispocomo - Oct 28, 2012 at 9:26 PM

        I’d be curious to hear your reasoning for that.

        In 1994/95, the lockout was ended January 11th and play resumed on January 20th for a 48 game season. Even if the WC didn’t sound like it was going to be cancelled this coming week, the date it’s scheduled (January 1st) is before the likely cut off date if 1994/95 is any indication.

        For the NHL to cancel the season early because the owners lose a major cash cow wouldn’t do them any favours with the fans or the players. It’d be even worse if the owners decided to shut the season down as early as November. I don’t see how they can’t at least pretend to want to keep hopes of a reduced season until after Christmas.

  4. georgiared - Oct 27, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    As a Jacket fan, I want it to be cancelled for now. Get it again in 2-3 years when the teams better so we can have multiple players in it rather than the only one player we’d have this year.

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