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Dollars would add to excitement

How can an All-Star Game be compelling? How about a few million bucks and a few players who feel it's their last chance?

Updated: February 8, 2004, 7:16 PM ET
By Jim Kelley | ESPN.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- There was a time when folks inside the NHL's inner-office sanctum charged with thinking about these kinds of things were asked to come up with ideas on how to make the All-Star Game better.

One of the more respected staffers had a relatively simple but effective idea.

Go to the bank and get bags and bags full of crisp bills. Make sure they have those paper bands around them that you always see when the bandits boost the bank. Pile the piles neatly in the penalty ...

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