The NHL is changing up the all-star game this year by allowing two captains to pick their teams. I think this is a great idea and adds something new to the All-Star game, and makes it more fun to watch. However, I have an idea that might add even more excitement to the All-Star game.
Why not play it outside? I'm not sure whether or not this has been considered by NHL insiders, but I think it would be a great idea. You've already got the Winter Classic, which is normally a huge success. Why not take all of the best players in the world that are selected to the All-Star game, and let them play outside? You've already got the game set up like a pick-up game. Why not really make it old school and go on and put the game outside? I know it's something that is not possible this year, and probably for a few more years down the road. But I think it's something that will add a great deal of exictement to the All-Star game, and cement the game as the best All-Star game in North American sports.
The Predators claimed Marek Svatos off of the waiver wire today, even after it was thought that he would end up in St. Louis. I'm not sure that he's going to provide as much offense as other people have said he will, but at this point I will take any help that is given. He has been a good goal scorer in the NHL before, but he is not the same player now that he was then. However, it is potentially a low-risk high-reward move for the Preds. He's only 28 years old and does have some offensive skills that this team can use. He has had a bit of a problem with the injury bug in the past, so he'll pretty much fit in here right away. The key to this working out is going to be Trotz putting him in a position where he can succeed. He's not going to be any good to us if he gets stuck on a line with somebody like Spaling and Joel Ward. He's got to be put with a group of people who have legitimate offensive capability. I'd really like to see him on a line with people like Colin Wilson and Cal O'Reilly. The bottom line is that this is a signing that isn't going to hurt the Preds, and it could potentially help them a great deal when people start returning to health.
I've also got a little side note here about the Winter Classic. It's looking like it's going to be around 51 degrees on Saturday in Pittsburgh. There's talk going around that there's a possibility that the game might not be played Saturday. I sure hope that's not the case and the game is allowed to be played on schedule. I'm looking forward to watching it.