SUNRISE, FL - JANUARY 22:  Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Florida Panthers warms up during a game against the Chicago Blackhawks at BB&T Center on January 22, 2016 in Sunrise, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Jagr really doesn’t want to play in the All-Star Game

Jaromir Jagr doesn’t want to play in the All-Star Game. That’s not exactly a new sentiment as he had previously joked during the fan voting that the new 3-on-3 format would kill him. Now it sounds like he’s a bit more serious and it’s raising some questions on what’s going to happen with roughly a week to go before the game.

Jagr makes a good point, but the predicament he and the Panthers are facing is the same one other NHL teams are facing. Do you really think any of the teams in a tight playoff race want their star(s) exerting themselves in an exhibition? Of course not.

What would happen if Jagr was to suddenly come down with an “injury” prior to the All-Star Game? He’d likely have to sit out the Panthers’ first game following the break.

This precedent was seen back in 2009 when the NHL had Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom sit out the next Red Wings game after the All-Star Game after the duo decided to skip the event.

The NHL has to uphold any situation where players purposely skip the All-Star Game as they’d have a difficult time promoting and selling the event to fans if all the best players stayed home. The game is supposed to be just for fun and it might wear down some players who are in a tough playoff battle, but it’s important to remember who this is for – the fans.

David Rogers

About David Rogers

Managing Editor of the NHL blog Puck Drunk Love and contributing writer for The Comeback and Awful Announcing. Firm believer that Ray Hudson is the most entertaining commentator in sports.