Found January 28, 2012 on Puck Drunk Love:
It was announced today that the Columbus Blue Jackets will be the gracious hosts of the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend. The festivities will likely include the 3rd annual All-Star draft, NHL skills competition, the actual All-Star game and plenty of exhibits for the fans. This announcement comes at a time where the Columbus franchise is struggling on and off the ice. After an offseason filled with trades and spending, the new pieces to their roster haven't had much success to build on. They currently sit 15th place in the Western Conference and are statistically the worst team in the entire NHL. If their misfortune continues, they will likely be awarded the first overall pick in the 2012 draft. Since the league awarded Columbus the All-Star Weekend, you can't help but to wonder if this is a last ditch effort to save the franchise from moving. Not only will this event bring in plenty of economic help to the club, but it could show local government officials that the city can be a...
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