The Hawks beat the Leafs tonight. Patrick Kane had a hat trick, Scott Darling got a win, and Toronto fans will have to console themselves with the fact that Bryan Bickell will surely want to come home and play in Ontario after his contract expires next year.
But that’s not why I’m angry. I’m angry because of the complete steaming pile of bullshit foisted on John Scott by the NHL.
But whatever our history, here’s what we know: John Scott, due to various online shenanigans was not only elected to the All-Star Game this year, but was elected captain of the Pacific division’s team. During the voting, Scott went from not appreciating the gesture, to thinking it was kind of cool to fully embracing it and *UPDATE* printing up t-shirts . It really was kind of a cool story: a bad, journeyman hockey player was going to play in the NHL’s All-Star Game. Sort of like Rudy, if Rudy was a giant man capable of killing us all and not engaging in fraudulent stock schemes.
And then the NHL struck. Reports are that both the league itself and Scott’s team, the Arizona Coyotes were applying pressure to Scott to skip the game, and when that failed to work, he was sent to Montreal in a 3 way deal (and immediately demoted to the AHL). With the Murdersaurus now in the Eastern Conference, it seems his All-Star bid will be ended on a technicality.
Now, you’ll certainly not get any argument from me that John Scott is one of the best players in the NHL (or the AHL for that matter), but I would argue that the NHL had already acknowledged that the All-Star Game is not only not a real game, but not even actual hockey, since the format has now been changed to a 3 on 3 tournament. So what’s the point of all this shit? Why have the fans vote for an All-Star if the NHL is going to hold a veto over the spot anyway? Why would the league and one of its teams go to such lengths to keep a guy out of a game that nobody gives a shit about? WHY WOULD THEY ELIMINATE THE ONE ASPECT OF ALL-STAR WEEKEND THAT WAS ACTUALLY GOING TO BE INTERESTING?
Alas, I cannot answer any of these questions because I am not a joyless raging superasshole who works for the NHL. I’m just a guy who feels kind of bad, because I cast what I thought was a harmless vote for a John Scott to make the All-Star team, and now he’s been traded and separated from his pregnant wife.
Fuck this bullshit.