|Nope...not gonna happen. (Ever?)|
I note that no promise has been made to hold a future All-Star Game weekend in Columbus. This is in stark contrast to the immediate awarding of the next Winter Classic to cancelled 2013 location Detroit/Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Appreciating that an All-Star Game needs an actual batch of regular season games to conduct roster balloting and the other procedural necessities related to a game, there is room for a reasonable person to ask whether the NHL knew what they were doing to Columbus - both the team and its host community - in cancelling the event.
Worse yet...if they did know, there's even more room to ask if the NHL cared.
UPDATE: Well whaddya know, the NHL says that they care.
Gosh, that makes me feel better. But wait, there's more.
Deeds, not words. Sorry, Bill, that's where this fan is at.