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#2026252 should there be another team in the NHL?

Posted by tjinaz on 15 August 2010 - 03:58 AM

Bang on Devil - and perhaps the Wild back to the North Stars.

Really depends on what the league is trying to do.

If everyone is content and wants to keep the league and the fan base how it is and maybe make some more money, by all means go to Winnepeg, Quebec and Hartford. Continue to be the 4th tier league and possibly be passed by the World Poker Tour and MMA in fanbase and profitability.

You will always have a solid fanbase in Canada that much is sure. It will not grow the sport and may actually contract the fanbase. It seems that as the native Canadians are declining in number and immigrants are becoming more common the traditional Canadian sport is actually becoming less popular. hockey on the decline in Canada.

So that leaves the ol' USA... and where are the people going in the US? Wait.. they are leaving the "Traditional Hockey Markets" ie Cold States and moving to the "Sun Belt" where everyone wants to contract. Oh and by the way... more players are being drafted out of California, Nevada and even Arizona than Oregon and Washington. So much for the "strong developmental programs there". I don't understand why people seem to think that Hockey can only exist where it is cold. You seem to view it as a reward for having to live in an icy hell for 5 months. If that is true then we are really on our way back to an original 6 senario.

Also another hint... Joe American fan living in the markets where the NHL needs to be to grow and be healthy doesn't want a rivalry with Winnepeg or Quebec. That is like having a rivalry between Toronto and Bakersfield. One it a giant metro area and the other a backwater. How do you even get behind that? Even if they do go back to the smaller Canadian cities does anyone see that as a good thing? What good will it do the league in the long term to have a team in a city like Winnepeg? It has 700k people and is growing at a rate of like 2% that means in 25 years at that rate it will be the size of one of Phoenix's suburbs. It may be profitable in the short term but anything that makes them a good choice now truly shows the the NHL is in trouble.

What needs to happen is the NHL needs to continue to grow the game by going to the areas where there are a lot of people and selling the sport. It is an awesome sport and people will become fans if they see it for what it is. If the NHL goes backwards to smaller markets it will take that much longer to reach the top tier again.

#2026320 Wings sign Ilari Filppula 1yr/$500k

Posted by titanium2 on 15 August 2010 - 01:59 PM

"Get me into the NHL or I'm gonna give you a serious pounding lil' bro..."

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#2026314 Wings sign Ilari Filppula 1yr/$500k

Posted by Guest on 15 August 2010 - 01:22 PM

Very slim i'd say, detroit's system is all about having wheels, and Ilari must improve his speed and overall skating ability to even have a chance. SM-Liiga is alot different than NHL

#2026311 Lidstrom's Chances at Another Norris

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 15 August 2010 - 01:08 PM

hate to hijack this ***** but hey...itsf****** august!...and i happen to be a big supporter of barry bonds. IMO best snoozeball slugger of all time. so he took a shot in his ass...JUST SAYIN' lids would be a ******* beast...yeah...watch this documentary

I suggest you start drinking Scotch with water instead of mixing it with Vodka.

#2026215 This or That

Posted by puckloo39 on 14 August 2010 - 10:12 PM

I am more of a marble fan. I hate it when people take me for granite.

knock-knock jokes or bad puns?

#2026198 Hitting and Winning

Posted by HOCKEY MATTERS on 14 August 2010 - 08:46 PM

Cause and effect between these two variables cannot be determined from this study. It is pretty obvious that there are other variables that have an effect on both hitting and winning. The first, and possibly most important, is puck possession. Teams that posses the puck tend to hit less and win more. This is, this variable is likely causing the relationship to occur between hitting and winning. There are also other factors- blowout games tend to have more fights, and there are likely more hits too (from the losing team). Also, skilled players tend to hit less; therefore an unskilled team may hit more than a skilled team.

Normally I would agree, but Dats is an exception, methinks. He'll knock an assclown down given half a chance. :rolleyes:

#2025545 Your favorite ALL TIME player on each team

Posted by Lord Stanely on 12 August 2010 - 02:35 PM

Bruins - Orr
Sabres - Miller
Canadiens - Rocket
Senators - ?
Leafs - Cujo! or maybe Tim Horton- Great Donuts!

Devils - Shannahan
Isles - Osgood
Rangers - Richter- might change this one later. Can anyone tell me why I dislike Messier so much? Either his goofy smile/crying or how he keeps being called the greatest leader ever- That's Yzerman in my mind.
Flyers - Roenick
Penguins - Lemiuex

Thrashers - Heatley I guess- but don't like him anymore at all.
Hurricanes - Bates Battaglia- coolest name for a hockey player ever.
Panthers - Vansbeesbrook
Lightning - Vinny Lecavieler
Capitals - Alexander Ovechkin

Flames - Iginla
Avalanche - Thereon Fleury (15 games)
Oilers - Gretzky
Wild - Roleston or Backstrum
Canucks - Pavel Bure

Blackhawks - Probert
Blue Jackets - Fedorov
Red Wings - Yzerman
Predators - Who cares.
Blues - Thachuck

Ducks - Selanne
Stars - Modano
Kings - Marcell Dionne
Coyotes - Doan
Sharks - Nabakov

#2025544 Your favorite ALL TIME player on each team

Posted by woodrow40 on 12 August 2010 - 02:34 PM

Bruins - Martin Lapointe
Sabres - Dominik Hasek
Canadiens - Chris Chelios
Senators - Marian Hossa
Leafs - Curtis Joseph

Devils - Brian Rafalski
Isles - Chris Osgood
Rangers - Sean Avery
Flyers - Derian Hatcher
Penguins - Larry Murphy

Thrashers - Slava Kozlov
Hurricanes - Aaron Ward
Panthers - Todd Bertuzzi
Lightning - Wendel Clark
Capitals - Mike Knuble

Flames - Darren McCarty
Avalanche - Uwe Krupp
Oilers - Dan Cleary
Wild - Stacy Roest
Canucks - Brad May

Blackhawks - Bob Probert
Blue Jackets - Sergei Fedorov
Red Wings - Steve Yzerman
Predators - Greg Johnson
Blues - Brett Hull

Ducks - Ruslan Salei
Stars - Mike Modano
Kings - Luc Robitaille
Coyotes - Dallas Drake
Sharks - Mike Vernon


#2026151 Members photos

Posted by WizardOfOz30 on 14 August 2010 - 05:34 PM

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#2026150 Red Wing Fans... Prepare for glory.

Posted by redwingfan19 on 14 August 2010 - 05:33 PM

OK, but be sure that it's really cheap beer and put it old plastic bottles so he doesn't get the 20 cents for returning the cans.

well played lol

#2025950 Power Play / Penalty Killing

Posted by robb himself on 13 August 2010 - 08:47 PM

Why on earth would Bertuzzi ever switch in for Franzen if both are healthy? Holmstrom or Hudler MAYBE, but Franzen is a legit 30-40 goal scorer.

because one might be tired or not clicking or one might have a hot hand that night?

relax...there can be many reasons why someone may switch in and out...

its pretty simple

#2025914 Power Play / Penalty Killing

Posted by Guest on 13 August 2010 - 05:51 PM

Modano can just play on his 20years of nhl experience to get the job done on the pp, mark my words :thumbup:

#2025912 Power Play / Penalty Killing

Posted by Guest on 13 August 2010 - 05:43 PM

Kronwall i would avoid playing the pk as much as possible just because of his injury history but then again he doesn't block a lot of shots and he wears a visor but still... i would also see how abdelkader could play the pk, i know i heard babcock talking about it as well..Also keep in mind that Miller might get traded/Waived, too.

#2026066 Crosby doesn't suck but he's a whiney little bitch, however.

Posted by edicius on 14 August 2010 - 11:58 AM




But yeah, the bizarre threads that have been popping up are just a sign that we're truly ready for the offseason to end and for the regular season to get into full swing. Of course, be it offseason, regular season or postseason, one thing is constant - Crosby's still a whiny little *****. :D

#2026050 Crosby doesn't suck but he's a whiney little bitch, however.

Posted by Guest on 14 August 2010 - 10:52 AM

Has crosby ever get leveld by a punishing open ice hit? he's slick that rat... <_<