Discussion

New flashy skills event will take some getting used to for players

Updated: January 26, 2008, 11:35 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- The new breakaway competition unveiled Saturday night illustrates one of the intrinsic problems the NHL has in trying to elevate its profile, especially among casual fans.

The new format, which featured players trying flashy, innovative moves judged by a celebrity panel, forces players to become the one thing they rarely are -- hotdogs and showboats.

"I think after the first couple of guys go and hopefully get comfortable and see some of the moves, guys will feel ...

Read full story

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

MORE NHL HEADLINES

MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM