The NHL has a hard-and-fast rule: Miss the All-Star Game, due to injury, illness, or whatever the reason may be, and sit out at least one game. At least that was thought to be the case, but a change in that mandate has Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau a bit agitated. The Wild are in Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets in the first game for each team following the All-Star Game. For the Wild, their lone representative, forward Eric Staal, spent the weekend in Tampa Bay, as did Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski. But Werenski wasn't originally supposed to be an All-Star; his defense partner Seth Jones had been selected, before pulling out of the game due to illness. Which would rule out Jones for the Tuesday game against the Wild, based on the league's precedent. Well, not quite. The NHL apparently ruled Jones would have been a health-risk to fellow All-Stars, and asked him to stay home, according to The Athletic. Werenski was sent in his place, but the league won't make Jones miss any regular season action when the schedule resumes Tuesday.
Boudreau says it's 'ridiculous, wrong' Blue Jackets' Jones can play after missing All-Star Game
Sporting News | Jan 30