The Winter Classic is already gone. The next victim could be the NHL All-Star Game.
While the league has held off on postponing the all-star weekend in Columbus after cancelling the first two months of the regular season, that may not be the case next time around if more games are cut next week.
At this juncture, the league is not going to have an 82-game season. Whether itís 50-or-60 games that are played if a collective bargaining agreement in place this year, itís going to be packed into a short period of time so the playoffs donít end in July.
The all-star weekend is set for Jan. 26-27. If itís not held then it would simply be postponed until next year.
ďLosing all-star weekend will be another hit for the sponsors,Ē said league insider Friday. ďThis weekend is about making sure the sponsors get something back for the role they play in the league and itís a chance to feature the stars.
ďNo, the game doesnít mean anything in the big scheme of things, but itís important in a market like Columbus where they need something positive.Ē