Saturday Seven: All-Star Weekend

Curtis LeBlanc
January 28 2017 01:25PM

It's the NHL All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, California, which means all of us are forced to stop watching real hockey for three days while the league indulges itself with another profit-fuelled pageant.

But it's for the fans, really.

Karmanos Open to Selling the 'Canes

This just in from NHL insider Pierre LeBrun:

While it seems like nothing is immediately imminent on this front, the league absolutely needs more Canadian teams. Bring back the Nordiques!

NHL Releases Top 100 Players of All Time, Fails

The league unveiled the remaining 67 players on its list of the hundred best-ever yesterday in Los Angeles, which included six active NHLers. Can anybody guess who those six players were? Anyone?

You read that right. Three current Blackhawks made the list: a defenceman with two fewer sixty-point seasons than Erik Karlsson (who is seven years his younger), a passable top-line centreman, and a verified scumbag. I'll let you work out who's who.

The inclusion of these three Hawks meant the snubbing of several more deserving active players, including Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla, Joe Thornton...the list goes on.

Bieber to Play in Celebrity Shootout

I personally can't wait to watch the Biebs lace 'em up for Team Lemieux in this afternoon's celebrity game. 

If we're lucky, he'll plaster Patrick Kane, who is—confusingly—also playing in the game. I wrote at length on this topic a few weeks ago, but for the league to have the only active player in this publicity stunt to be Patrick Kane—he of the cabbie-punching, sordid past—is troubling to me. 

Dear NHL: stop promoting individuals who can't conduct themselves with respect and integrity off the ice or I will quit your game and watch Bob Ross paint until I die.

Brad Marchand Fined $10,000

Brad Marchand was fined the maximum amount allowed under the current CBA—but evaded suspension—after a blatant slew foot on the Red Wings Niklas Kronwall.


That's about as obvious as it gets when it comes to intent to injure, so why isn't the league taking this opportunity to make an example of this player, who is also a repeat offender?

Might it have something to do with the fact that he leads the Bruins in all offensive categories?

Matthew Tkachuk Also Proves Slippery in Face of Possible Suspension

Flames rookie and Calder candidate Matthew Tkachuk has already established a reputation for slew footing in his short-lived NHL career. 

In his recent game against the Leafs, the budding star took down Martin Marincin a-la-Marchand in front of the Toronto net. He evaded supplemental discipline.

This comes after his slew foot on the Oilers' Brandon Davidson in early October, which led to the Edmonton defender missing 30 games.

What is going on, NHL Player Safety?

Patrick Marleau Scores Four Goals in One Period

But of course, he doesn't belong on the top 100 players of all-time. 

Bonus: Gene Principe 

The Oilers played on inauguration day and that meant Sportsnet "pun-dit" Gene Principe had a golden opportunity to wear his favourite mask.

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Curtis LeBlanc is a writer, poet and hockey person living on the west coast. You can follow him on Twitter @curtiswleblanc and check out his website at www.cwleblanc.com.