I don't know if it was just me, but about 20 minutes into watching last night's all-star festivities, I was really regretting my entertainment choice for the evening. I'm sure there's a format to be used for something like the skills competition that would make it more entertaining than having players (literally) skate around pylons, but that's not what we were given last night.
It's hard to believe that, with as much as the NHL has attempted to change in its 'rebirth' after the lockout, the Young Guns game and skill competition looked exactly the same as their previous incarnations. No new events, no ingenuity at all — and a whole lot of yawns all around.
And the fact that most of the ticket-buying public in Dallas stayed home didn't help the atmosphere any.
The all-star trade show went away for three years, and as far as I'm concerned, it can take another hiatus anytime it likes.
And I won't be watching tonight.
UPDATE I've got a few more related thoughts on Globe on Hockey today.