How Shook Did The NHL Get From Backlash That They Are Now Allowing John Scott To Play In The All Star Game ?
YardBarker- Scott, a fourth-line grinder with minimal skill and value, was the top vote-getter by the fans. The then-Arizona Coyotes forward was set to captain the Pacific Division team under the league’s new All-Star Game format, but his trade to the Montreal Canadiens last week created a bit of a hassle.
“The resultant change in division, and Scott’s subsequent assignment to the American Hockey League, created a unique circumstance that required review – the result of which was a determination to maintain the status quo for the All-Star weekend in order to preserve all parties’ pre-existing expectations, including Scott’s desire to participate,” the league said in a statement.
"The trade we forced, and Scott's inability to play hockey at a professional level- created a unique circumstance that required face saving- the result of which was a determination to maintain status quo for the All Star weekend in order to preserve the reputation we had already preemptively shattered, while fulfilling our desire to have people stop calling us out on our bullshit."
Hey NHL, what do you guys think about proofreading your press releases before you put them out? You know, maybe double check to make sure your big announcement doesn't feature the most egregious run-on sentence in history. Just a thought. Sometimes you just need someone to look out for you, and if this situation is any indication, then that's definitely the case here.
The most ridiculous aspect of this whole situation is that the NHL thinks they fixed their mistake by allowing John Scott to play in the All Star Game. Just squirming around in their web of lies confident that the inclusion of a talentless goon will remedy all the backlash they have been receiving since expediting the trade that sent him to Montreal. They don't even understand that a majority of the criticism stemmed from the fact that they interfered with a man's life and career for something as meaningless as an All Star game appearance. I know players get moved all the time in the NHL. It's part of the business. However, those moves happen enough organically. They don't need to be forced upon players to cure some minor injustice in the selection process for a virtually inconsequential event. You think I would give a shit if John Scott wasn't playing in the All Star Game? Hell no. They could have told him straight to his face that they were abolishing the fan vote and I wouldn't even have batted an eyelash. It's the idea that they uprooted him across the country, while he and his wife have twins on the way, just so they could justify a decision that they got coerced out of anyway. The NHL wonders why it has perpetual popularity issues when they let something as petty as the nomination of a career minor leaguer turn into something as deceptive as a facilitated trade. Something that couldn't be less newsworthy dissolved into complete fuckery because the NHL enabled it to. All this controversy and the only thing that was accomplished was moving a player from one AHL team to another AHL team, and giving the league a black eye in the process. Only the National Hockey League could be entrusted with putting out a lit cigarette and ending up wide-eyed in the middle of a forest fire.