New All Star Game format
Posted 14 March 2010 - 10:38 AM
The NHL is thinking long and hard about coming up with a better concept for the mundane All-Star Game, which we were spared this year thanks to the Olympics.
One idea floating around in the NHL head office is to somehow give an international hockey feel to feed off the Vancouver experience, possibly staging some form of a mini-World Cup. I stress this is very conceptual at this point, but still interesting nonetheless.
Speaking on international hockey, I'm told the Russians have recently approached Hockey Canada about staging a Summit Series in 2012 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the '72 classic. The Russians also want it to be best on best, so it would be Sidney Crosby & Co. versus Alex Ovechkin & Co. Of course, the NHL and NHL Players' Association would have to sign off on it, and I'm not sure there's an appetite for it at this point.
What about USA Hockey and Hockey Canada getting together with the NHL and NHLPA to do some form of series with top players? Given the recent gold-medal game in Vancouver, why not capitalize on the burgeoning rivalry between Team USA and Team Canada? Food for thought.
Posted 14 March 2010 - 12:42 PM
Posted 14 March 2010 - 01:30 PM
So figure it works like this:
Division teams are ranked 1-6 based on out-of-division winning percentages from all five teams' records combined.
Teams 1 and 2 get byes into round two. Team 3 plays team 6, and 4 plays 5. Teams are reseeded in Round 2.
Rounds 1 and 2 follow the following rules:
Rosters have 9 forwards, 5 defensemen, and 2 goalies. Teams play two 20 minute periods (with goalie swap each period if there are no injuries), followed by a standard OT and shootout if necessary.
Once teams reach round 3, they may name an additional 3 forwards, 1 defensemen, and 1 goalie. Teams play a standard 3 20 minute periods (with goalie swap each period if there are no injuries), followed by a standard OT and shootout if necessary.
The All-Star break would proceed as follows:
Last game before break is on Tuesday. Skills competition is on Thursday evening. Round 1 is Friday evening. Round 2 is Saturday evening. Round 3 is Sunday evening.
Obviously, some adjustments could be made to this format, but this could work out as far as the 'tournament' idea.
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Posted 14 March 2010 - 05:17 PM
Posted 14 March 2010 - 05:30 PM
Posted 14 March 2010 - 05:48 PM
how about the NHL's allstar team vs. the KHL allstar team
That would be actually good if KHL had 1/4 of the talent of the NHL.
NHL all stars are too good for them.
Posted 14 March 2010 - 07:00 PM
Posted 14 March 2010 - 07:26 PM
And the winner receives the Crosby Cup! And the MVP gets the Most Crosbiest Players Trophy! I love it!
How about having the Penguins play every year against an All-Star team comprised of the best players from around the league?
Posted 14 March 2010 - 07:28 PM
Mods, close the thread please.
We found a workable solution.
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