Greg WyshynskiESPN

SAN JOSE — Elias Pettersson sat in his podium, attempting to answer a question regarding how exciting it was to be at the NHL All-Star Game as a newcomer for the Vancouver Canucks. He would start, then stop, then start, then stop, alert to this cheers and glancing from the fans in attendance at Media Day on Thursday, and the music playing player introductions from that crowd.

It was initially that the NHL experimented with’super-bowl upward’ its own Media Day, bringing in (mostly Sharks) buffs and creating some rock star minutes to an event that’s usually held at the hallway of a stadium. Because something which joins this event and the fans is actually a fantastic idea, it was a good concept. It turned into a half baked idea, because there was communicated to fans about it happening, just by the empty seats. As all the ballyhoo made it tough to, you understand, do press things, functionally it was a pain in the kiester. However, fans got the unparalleled joy of jet-lagged baseball authors asking slightly agitated players around player tracking tech concerns, CBA problems and, in two cases, the abrupt firing of their overall manager days prior to the occasion.

“I am not going to comment on this here,” explained Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid, who’d actually discuss their condition of the team afterwards Peter Chiarelli’s firing later in his availability. “I would like to relish the All-Star Game. I understand that you guys have a job to complete. But I’ll talk about that after.”

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Appreciating the Game is. As in, the perception is that they’d rather be anywhere but at the Game. This is a notion reinforced by players ducking out as a result of injury (Sidney Crosby, previously) or fatigue (Alex Ovechkin, currently) into the stage where that the NHL mandated a one-game suspension for anybody termed to the case that cancels on them.

And there’s been this perception that being termed an All-Star may be that the NHL’s variation of prosecution duty: a civic responsibility that players endure under penalty of lawenforcement.

Then you realize how that this whole circus is always to guys that have to be jaded because of it, and speak with someone like Pettersson, 20.

“It’s exciting. A great deal of fun, a great deal of good players here,” said Pettersson. “I am looking forward to meeting every one. Because they are hockey players that are good, everyone’s here for that purpose. And I am looking forward to fulfilling the players.”

He smiles. “Because sometimes it’s very a good idea to talk Swedish.”

Auston Matthews of those Toronto Maple Leafs was posing for pictures having an anthropomorphic keep in a All Star jersey while being interviewed by Chinese tv. He was told he is remarkably popular over there.

“I didn’t understand that,” he stated, with fun.

Matthews would look like the sort of guy that has no interest in All-Star Game shenanigans — which seem to be significantly more at Mitch Marner‘s lane, to be honest — however he too was excited to be part of it. Location matters.

“It’s nice to come somewhere warm. I was actually born near to this, so it’s nice to return. It’s really a weekend where you get to spend it with some of the best players in the league, my family, just sort of enjoy enough moment,” he explained.

Matthews is 2-1. That’s how older Johnny Gaudreau was first All-Star Game, and now he’s a tiny veteran in this. The Calgary Flames star was named to his fifth event in 2013. Admittedly, it’s a thing that he’s come to love.

“I didn’t watch it too, too much,” he explained of the NHL All-Star Game. “I was a youngster in nj. Watched the Flyers. Loved hockey. Consistently at the rink. When I got old… you always dreamed about playing in the NHL, and then whenever you left the NHL, the second dream was to perform something such as this.”

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Could it be a nuisance for these guys? For some of them, yes, although season was built by the bye weeks have left this detour. However, in regards at the Game, you have the feeling that they sort of Digit. The occasion to hang peers in a casual setting. The events to which they may take wives, girlfriends and families on the dime of the NHL. The chance to field some goofy questions regarding the ones that are perfunctory during Media Day.

Some one asks Johnny Gaudreau if they could provide a Drew Doughty bobble-head his critique.

“Yeah,” explained Gaudreau. “I suppose that it sums it up pretty well. He is a pretty goofy guy.”

As you know, it’s the universe of Gritty and we’re just living in it. Which is exactly precisely why his”items to pack to the All-Star Game” conversation was enjoyed over 30,000 instances.

Packing to my All Star trip that is enormous, tryna keep it. Am I missing anything? pic.twitter.com/BolkKa6X8l

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Peter Chiarelli and brian Burke have been friends. They and theyboth’ve been permitted it go by teams. So there’s a kinship and also an understanding that there, which is why Burke moved into bat to get Chiarelli album as Oilers GM on Sportsnet:

Brian Burke attempts to shield a few of Chiarelli’s key moves as Oilers GM.

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This is really a marvel. We’re discussing a Cirque du Soleil amount of contortion. The jury’s out on Taylor Hall, later he won that the Hart Trophy past year? The Ryan Strome trade is”very poor” however Jordan Eberle“hasn’t turned this up either,” even though 59 even-strength points at the last two seasons and something fewer goal in even strength (25) than Mathew Barzal (26)?

The good news for Peter Chiarelli is that, apparently, he’s a second act on tv waiting for him personally.

The tradition remains:

@wyshynski Can you still collect jersey fouls? These may be eligible. . .cheers! pic.twitter.com/tpEvutorGR

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We had put it at around 99 percent which Tom Wilson has called Evgeny Kuznetsov by this name atleast once in the Capitals’ lockerroom. In terms of another one… D.C. obtained Id D.C.

Meanwhile, from Vegas:

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We love to mention this from time maybe not Really Just a Foul. Wayne Gretzky’s number is retired league-wide. No one else could utilize No. 99. Thus, if you wish to honor what is, technically, one of one’s players using his name onto your sweater ways.

Well, except for you, Calgary. That’s only trolling.

The Professional Hockey Writers Association introduced their midseason awards this week, and according to normal they are all over the map:

The PHWA midseason award. Some with this I trust, and some with this muchbetter. However, Trotz Pettersson and Lehner are locks only at that point. pic.twitter.com/5bKPQSGekx

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Oh, and I enjoy Mattias Ekholm for best defensive defenseman, but wonder whether he has that honour and his best offensive season, shouldn’t we have him at the Norris dialog?

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The misses: Patrice Bergeron can be actually a defensive god who has emerged in just 33 games this season and Aleksander Barkov… I am talking about , this can be actually a reputation-based vote if there was one. By every step — from his minus-18 into the .894 on ice save percentage the Panthers happen when he is on the market — this has not been Selke Trophy season for Barkov. But provide that the Lady Byng to him.

Also, I’ll just sit and wait for most of of the Connor McDavid stans who think the MVP should be awarded to a player on non-playoff team to share with me why that doesn’t employ to Patrick Kane, who is 2-3 points clear from this Blackhawks’ second-leading scorer and can be having the best points per game season of his NHL career.

Not that I think either of them deserve that the Hart when they are out of the playoffs. Noting that the absurdity of everything.

Significant show this week, as Emily and I speak with fresh Columbus Blue Jackets advisor Marty St. Louis about another phase of his lifetime, and ESPN NY radio host/former Ny Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro about the Increase of the Islanders. All that along with Peter Chiarelli firing talk. Stream it here and believe it is on iTunes here.

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