Matthews out of All-Star Game, NHL names replacement immediately

And no suspension for the Maple Leafs superstar either!

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This just in, Toronto Maple Leafs superstar Auston Matthews will NOT participate in this weekend’s NHL All-Star Game and Skills Competition. He will however be at All-Star weekend. Say what?!

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Hmmmmm… this sound like a cop out to anyone else?

Matthews goes to St. Louis to avoid a one game mandatory suspension, but he doesn’t have to play… seems suspicious.

Then again, maybe I’m just a cynical jerk? Maybe Matthews really is injured but is going to St. Louis out of the goodness of his heart in an effort to grow the spot? It’s just as likely, to be honest.

The NHL has wasted no time in announcing that Matthews' replacement will be Ottawa Senators sophomore Brady Tkachuk on Team Atlantic: