The NHL All Star Game and coinciding festivities are for all intents and purposes meaningless.

In fact, players often search for excuses or fake injuries just to dodge the annual dog and pony show.

But there are some players who truly seem to enjoy the weekend and the spotlight they receive.

One such player is Alexander Ovechkin, who today was suspended for three games for an illegal hit during yesterday’s tilt against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Interestingly, despite his suspension, Ovechkin will remain eligible to participate.

What a crock.

Why should a suspended player be able to take the ice?

Because he’ll help the NHL make some extra cash. That’s why.

Ovechkin, receiving supplemental discipline for the fifth time (3 suspensions and 2 fines), is a money maker, and the NHL just can’t bring itself to make the difficult decisions.