I have no idea how to respond to the Original Stars Hockey League, which seems all set to roll when the NHL lockout begins. The Original Stars will have teams of NHL players (guys like Mike Ricci, Mike Comrie, and Dave Andreychuk) playing four-on-four with no center red line and lots of penalty shots. The teams will be based on the original six cities, but the games will be played around Canada.
It’s so weird because if the NHL came to the players and asked to make the league like this, the players would never agree. They’d complain about the lost jobs and the no-touch icing, and the high scoring. But left to their own devices, this is what the players create for a league of their own.
Also weird, despite the fact that the league will have six teams, they seem to have lined up a few hundred goalies. Seriously. They say they have commitments from Roberto Luongo, Dominik Hasek (who sort of made a big deal out of not playing for an original six team this season), Dan Cloutier, Chris Osgood, Patrick Lalime, Manny Fernandez, Dwayne Roloson, and Mathieu Garon. So, so far, that’s eight goalies for six teams. Although looking over the TSN article, it seems the league’s draft will only involve six goalies. So, rather sadly, some NHL goalies will actually be cut from the Original Stars Hockey League. That is sure to give birth to the Cut Stars Hockey League.