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The NHL is a league with some of the strongest rivalries in all of competitive sports.
Those rivalries, however, are more common on the inter-division level than on the inter-conference level.
That being said, the Fantasy Draft allows for players to be placed on teams with players they don't have heated rivalries with.
It also creates the opportunity for people on the same team to play against each other—something that happens in practice, but would be very interesting to see on a televised event.
Also, the whole idea of having a Fantasy Draft just relaxes the atmosphere around the game.
Many professional sports teams have rivalries that face off in their All-Star games.
The NHL's system has turned from a standoff of East vs. West to a fun, carefree game where the best players in the league can show their stuff.
It's more of a showcase of talent than a heated game, and I'm perfectly fine with that.
As fun as it is to be intense, loud and crazy while watching a hockey game, let's take a few hints from the NHL and just sit back, relax and watch the best players in the league do what they do best.
Happy All-Star Weekend, everyone!
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