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ha i was thinking the same thing. would be fun to watch.
I agree with this....I want the season back now...
If they cancel the whole season, I just will not fully invest again, as this will be my 3rd lockout as a fan and I am sick of it.
Jackie Robinson isn't dirty. This isn't Pack Pride.
the prior lockouts probably played a big role in my switch from being an NHL fan who watched games from all the teams to just a Caps fan. but i think that is as far as it goes...i doubt i'd ever stop being a Caps fan. but if you asked me 15 years ago would i ever stop watching all the games i would have thought that was a silly question.
I was talking with Joe B at our local watering hole last night and he thinks something will get done after the holidays. 48 game season would be about the best they could hope for. He thinks if they don't get something done and the year is lost, they won't even start talking again until September.
if they lose the season, don't start talking again until September, rehash the same bullshit, potentially lose another season, the league may as well fold. Apparently, it is not economically viable and no one seems interested in keeping it going. The KHL and other European leagues will keep the best players, and the AHL will start looking at moving into bigger markets. Good job, Bettman.
It's very frustrating. That nut in Minnesota signs Parise and Suter to monster contracts and then turns and is one of the most hawkish owners on the lockout. Both the owners and the agents have to realize the limitations of the TV contracts relative to the other leagues and live within a workable revenue/expense framework.
One interesting thing Joe said was he thought that if Dolan were more active on the owners side a deal would have a chance of getting done. Not sure why he said that, but found it interesting.
Dolan's team is one of the most valuable in the league (~$750 million, 2nd to only the Leafs, who are valued at $1 billion).
If the big guns like those guys were willing to adopt a revenue sharing philosophy in line with other American sports leagues, it would solve the "little guys can't break even, even at the cap floor" problem. They want to point to other leagues as a model for certain areas, but not share revenues like they do.
Hockey doesn't have a national market (in the US), its made up of a few strong regional markets, a bunch of decent regional markets, and a few terrible markets. That is why ratings aren't over the top and the national TV deals are smaller. They need to either share revenues across the league to subsidize the poor markets, move teams from those areas to more viable markets so they can make their own money, or contract them.
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Contraction (probably 2 teams, maybe 4) should have already been a no-brainer
This is why at this point the union needs to disband and take the owners to court. It's clear a lot of the contracts that players signed over the summer were negotiated in bad faith.
Which four? Phoenix, Columbus, Miami? Anaheim maybe?
Should have been Long Island. Anaheim has some good fans.
"It's just so hard," Greivis said. "It's my heart, my love. Maryland made me who I am."
Anaheim and Brooklyn are fine. They are at least bigger markets that will support a team if they win.
Phoenix, Columbus, Florida are obvious.
I'd contract 2 and move the third to either Quebec City or Hamilton.
Maybe the Red Wings? They couldn't even sell out their arena for the Stanley Cup finals in 2009. Poor tradition.
Im watching the Tampa-Calgary game 7 on NHL network right now, goddamnit I miss hockey
"I like fixing broken things" - Kevin Plank
ABC broadcast, Erin Andrews reporting!
zomg Fedotenko stealing souls!!!!
Just about every Christmas I get a Rangers jersey. It gives me a couple months to feel things out, then pick a player to run with through the season. This year, I was going to replace my home blue Dubinsky jersey (RIP Duby) with a home blue Hagelin jersey. But instead, I told Santa he better hold off this Christmas. BECAUSE FUCK YOU, THAT'S WHY.
I loved every minute of that series...
Im ready for aa 5th of vodica to end my feels.
It was awful for the American networks, but that series was incredible. Actually that whole playoff year was incredible.
There's one franchise that needed three bailouts to stay afloat. Then there is the Red Wings. Speaking of the greatest American hockey franchise, shovels should be hitting the dirt in the very near future on a new arena.
Detroit Hustles Harder
I'm definitely buying a Nick Backstrom Dynamo Moscow jersey this year instead of a Caps jersey. Eff giving the NHL any more money than I have to. Link below via RMNB:
Ryan Lambert (@twolinepass) trolling Canada on Twitter is my favorite thing ever.
Drop dead date has to be coming up right?
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