A look at some notable All-Stars on bad teams…NHL All-Star game MVPs and their accomplishments…The Canadian and American ratings for Thursday’s NHL All-Star fantasy draft… Things overheard backstage at the fantasy draft…Blue Jackets fans protesting their team amid word their teams will host next year’s All-Star Game…Picking apart one MSM meme defense of Oilers GM Steve Tambellini…Why NHL player contracts cannot be renegotiated…Jason Spezza claims the NHLPA doesn’t want to make any more concussions…Analysis of the “Corey Perry to Vancouver” rumor.
BACKHAND SHELF: Daniel Wagner looks at some of the NHL’s best players currently playing for bad teams.
PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski (with an assist from Dan Gustafson of SixteenWins.com) presents: An illustrated guide to NHL All Star Game MVPs and their accomplishments.
PUCK THE MEDIA: Steve Lepore notes 1.6 million Canadians tuned in to the NHL’s All-Star fantasy draft on Thursday, while only 408,000 Americans (down 35 percent from last year) tuned in. Proof positive Canadians have an unhealthy obsession toward fantasy hockey drafts.
DOWN GOES BROWN: Things overhead backstage at this year’s All-Star fantasy draft.
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: Eric Smith examines the paradox of the announcement the Columbus Blue Jackets will host the 2013 NHL All-Star game, on the same day of a fan protest over how poorly that team is being run.
THE COPPER & BLUE: Dissecting a media meme defending Oilers GM Steve Tambellini.
OFFSIDE: A SPORTS LAW BLOG: Eric Macaramalla explains why NHL contracts cannot be renegotiated, something which the NHL owners might try to change in the next CBA.
SILVER SEVEN: Peter Raaymakers observed Senators forward Jason Spezza’s comments about the NHLPA having made a lot of concessions in the last round of CBA talks, and their unwillingness to make more this time around. Unfortunately for the PA, they’re going to have to give up some things to gain some things, like a salary rollback in order to eliminate or put a cap on escrow.
SHARK CIRCLE: Devotes too much space analyzing a “Corey Perry to Vancouver” trade rumor, when three words (Ain’t. Gonna. Happen.) would suffice.