The NHL will announce the 2016 All-Star Game format tomorrow, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
And yes, the league “would like it to be a mini three-on-three tournament.”
It’s not clear whether the NHL will get its wish for three-on-three, but after last season’s 29-goal farce in Columbus, what is clear is that changes need to be made.
My personal opinion is that the current format is fine, but the players should take it upon themselves to make the game a bit more competitive. There doesn’t have to be hitting, and obviously the fans want to see scoring chances, but at the very least the guys could move their feet and pretend to play a bit of defense.
As we saw in Columbus, it’s just not very entertaining to watch the most talented hockey players in the world skate at a beer-league pace.
The All-Star Game is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 31, in Nashville.