Posted 24 January 2012 - 03:40 PM
From what I remember of the Lidstrom/Datsyuk controversy, the rule at the time stated that a player had to miss either the game before or the game after the All-Star game if the player decides to not play in the All-Star game. As far as I knew, Lidstrom and Datsyuk (and Holland) were willing to sit out the game after the All-Star events. Then, Crosby announced that he was going to miss the All-Star activities due to an injury. The league then proceeded to change the rule so that you only had to attend the All-Star festivities to avoid a suspension by the league, a change that allowed Crosby to still attend the pomp and circumstances of the All-Star events, but not play in the actual game, so he escaped suspension. However, by the time the "reinterpretation" of the rule was announced, Datsyuk and Lidstrom were already out of the country and, thus, would not be able to attend the festivities.
1) rule originally was "had to play in the ASG or skip game before/after or get suspended",
2) Datsyuk and Lidstrom announced they were skipping the ASG and will miss the game after,
3) Crosby announced he would skip the ASG,
4) rule suddenly reinterpreted as "had to attend AS festivities or skip game before/after or get suspended",
5) rule reinterpretation came too late for Datsyuk and Lidstrom, who were out of the country and unavailable,
6) Crosby was able to attend the festivities and avoid suspension/missing the next game,
7) Datsyuk and Lidstrom were forced to sit the game after the ASG, thus the s*** fit on LGW.
As far as I know, the rule is still "attend festivities or sit a game", unless they changed the rule again. However, as Toews will be missing the game before the ASG, he would not be suspended under any of the two interpretation of the rule.
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