NEW YORK (CBS SPORTS) – If the impending lockout in the NHL goes on long enough, the Winter Classic won’t be the only major casualty lost among big games on the NHL slate. The All-Star Game set for Columbus could be wiped out way before they even consider axing the Winter Classic.

Why? Well, naturally, you need to have part of a season to be able to name All-Stars, don’t you? (I will conveniently ignore the fact that All-Star teams are often put together without much consideration of current-year stats and instead are more about popularity than high school prom royalty votes.)

How soon would the All-Star Game become a casualty? According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, not long at all.

If a lockout does come to fruition then, based on the last lockout, we’re only talking about a month and a half of a work stoppage to cancel the All-Star Game. Now, maybe, if there is optimism at that point a deal is really close, they might give it a little more time.

It’s certainly true that probably only a handful of people are actually crying about losing the All-Star Game. Like all sports, it’s pretty much unwatchable. Watching players glide up and down the ice paying no mind to checking of any direction and torch the goalies overdramatically flopping like fish isn’t highly entertaining.

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