There's just no reason for this game – the only reason they have the game/weekend was to say thanks to their sponsors and it's one giant kiss ass session. So why not have it at the end of the year like the Pro Bowl? It's not like there's going to be any significance to the game(like the MLB ASG) - so why not have it somewhere where the players can get some R&R after.
If anything, I'm sure the players would be more receptive to this and then Bettman wouldn't have another situation like the one with Red Wings GM Ken Holland. Penalizing players for not wanting to participating in the ASG is out of control. If they're hurt and or playing hurt – they need the time to rest. Yes, it's an honor – but priority #1 should be the players health. I mean, you want the second half to be just as exciting as the first half.
I dunno, from the bs circus performance and the fact that this event brought Simple Plan back to perform(why?) – I was just annoyed with everything.