NHL Penalizes Red Wings

The NHL has decided to punish the Red Wings because Lidstrom and Datsyuk are injured.  Apparently, Commissioner Bettman thinks that they’re faking.  Since they pulled out of the All-Star game (due to injury), the league is forcing them to sit out their next game which is Tuesday against Columbus.

This seems quite ridiculous to me.  They seem to think that people are pretending to be hurt to purposely skip the game and have some time off.  I don’t think this is a real problem.  Most players would love to participate in the All-Star game.

That being said, I was a bit happy to see the Wings players skip the game.  I saw it as a bit of a slap in the face to the fans who voted in all Montreal players instead of players that were most deserving.  I don’t really think that was the intent but it didn’t bother me as a side effect.

I guess Commissioner Bettman saw it as a group boycott by the Wings.  Coach Babcock is still participating as assistant coach.  If he had also claimed injury then I might see it as a boycott.

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