New NHL All-Star Game Format Is Absurd, But It Will Be AwesomeInstead of a long-winded rant about why this new format is stupid, let's embrace the madness and talk about how great it's going to be.
They Were Robbed! 7 NHL All-Star Game SnubsAs always, there are some pretty notable snubs who will not be attending the festivities. Here are three from the local teams, as well as four others from outside the area.
Islanders' Goalie Halak Heading To All-Star Game As Injury ReplacementWhen the Islanders traded for Jaroslav Halak's rights and then signed him to a four-year, $18 million contract over the summer, they envisioned a horse No. 1 goalie who could carry them to new heights. So far, so good.
Hartnett: NHL Is On The Verge Of A PR NightmareA large part of Bettman's role as commissioner is to successfully market the game, avoid labor unrest and protect the health of the league. He's failed spectacularly in each of these areas throughout his tenure.
Rangers' Gaborik Burns Lundqvist To Earn MVP HonorsNow the two can go back to combining their talents and creating headaches for the rest of the league.
Hartnett: Key To John Tortorella's Success Not A MysteryThe Rangers head into the All-Star break leading the Eastern Conference. And much of that credit goes to the players buying in to John Tortorella's philosophy.
Hartnett: Dan Girardi, Rangers' Overdue All-StarDan Girardi is finally getting national recognition for his value to the Rangers.
Staal, Lidstrom To Pick NHL All-Star SquadsThe NHL's All-Star teams will be selected by Eric Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom. They have been appointed captains for the Jan. 30 game in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will lead teams carrying their names.