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In Topic: Larkin for ...

Yesterday, 03:48 PM

Wow that's a new galaxy of overhyping a prospect. I'm a huge huge Larkin fan and I think him or Danny D are going to be the next captain of this team. That being said the guy is playing his first season in the NHL and no sane GM would ever trade one of - not even talking about the best player in the world - for him.


Just for fun:


Toews, Kane, Seabrook, Keith, Weber, Suter, Hedman, Pietrangelo, Crosby, Letang, Stamkos, Benn, Seguin, OEL, McDavid, Eichel, Backes, Ekblad, Price, Doughty, Quick, Tavares, Getzlaf, Perry, Giroux...

In Topic: Bigger nets ?

Yesterday, 09:33 AM


Do you think the fans should have "protected" their game from the forward pass in the 1920s? Now THAT increased scoring.


As far as growing the game, I just don't think the NHL is in a place where it can turn away potential new fans. Do we really think hard-core fans are going to leave the NHL in droves because of a 2" change to the size of the net? You can't even see that difference on your TV at home. But the increased scoring that would result WOULD help star forwards grow their brand and that brings in more casual fans.


Edit: To clarify, I'm not saying you're wrong. I get that hockey traditionalism is an important part of why the game is where it is. But I think sometimes we're more than a tad bit overreactive to what would, actually, be a minor change. We're acting like making the nets 2" bigger all the way around would fundamentally isolate fans of the "way the game used to be." For one thing, the game USED to be higher scoring. For another thing, it's not changing the way the game is played. It's just rewarding high-skill players slightly more for what they already display on a nightly basis.


At the very least, let's reverse the trend of scoring going down each season and keep things where they are now. That isn't going to happen just by players "trying harder." Ovechkin tries plenty hard and has just as much skill as anyone else from back in the day, but he can't get above 100 points. That's a product of the game, not his play or his effort level. 


Making the rinks larger will do nothing and honestly it will never happen. The arenas today are multifunctional no sane owner will agree to shut them down for a few weeks and risk losing a lot of revenue, it's just not going to happen. Also players, coaches would figure out in a hurry how to take away the new space (i.e. olympic ice). Well I don't care if it helps star-forwards they are STAR forwards so they should be able to score a bunch of goals and assists right? Funny nobody is saying let's help the star defenders doing their job, so why help the forwards? I personally couldn't care less if a new fan is turned away because his favorite player hasn't scored 100 points and "only" managed to get lets say 88. Honestly 100 points should be the exception (a highlight) in a players career not the norm.


Gretzky is hands down the best player who ever played the game but back then goalies - with the few obvious exceptions - weren't as atheltic and well trained as they are now. Never understood why people are so fixated on 3 digit numbers if its that important they can go watch the NBA.


I think a lot of fans are protective (not that it matters what he think anyways..) of the game because some of the changes have all been for the worst: hockey in places with ECHL like attendances, salary cup, instigator rule, constant twinkering with the ASG till it has become basically a joke. Also Ovechkin is not a playermaker he is a finisher, which means he will score more goals and have less assists so I doubt he'll ever reach 100 or whatever points.


Another reason why the game "used to be higher scoring" is owners were able to aDD and KEEP all-star-talent that isn't the case anymore, players have to get used to new linemates, find new chemistry and need time to figure it out. And now people want to punish goalies for being reallyreally good? Doesn't make sense to me.

In Topic: Bigger nets ?

26 November 2015 - 05:50 PM

Hockey fans are notoriously protective of their game, I think to a fault.
Someone explain to me why I'm wrong.

If fans aren't protective of their game it will get worse each year simple as that. it's your opinion so you aren't wrong bit you are focussing only on the star forwards which I think is a mistake because there are superstars on the defense and in goal too.

If a potential fan can't appreciate a low scoring game a great blocked shot, fantastic safe well maybe then hockey isn't the right sport to follow for them pure and simple.

My novel idea if someone wants to get 100 points is. .play your rear end of and hope to stay injury free. The nhl is the best league in the world scoring goals is and should be tough star forwards will need to figure out a way to do it.

The goalies then played mostly a stand up style and more often than not weren't in good shape that's changed now

In Topic: Bigger nets ?

26 November 2015 - 04:51 PM

here is my novel idea:
If goal scorers are having problems to figure out a defense or shot blocking find a way around it simple as that.

In Topic: Bigger nets ?

26 November 2015 - 02:10 PM

I think it's incredible stupid want more goal scoring go watch the NBA with triple digit scores.

Just saw the highlights from that Ottawa Dallas game both played like they don't know what defense means and the goaltending was average at best. That's not exciting

Right now the game just lacks some other elements that made it must watch TV like more and harder hits, fights and the occasional line brawls.

Some people just can't embrace the fact that goaltenders are now extremely good athletes too.

I want the goals to have an impact and tight games accomplish that. I'm sure it's damn hard to score on Price , King Henrik and Rinne but so what they are the elite of the elite for a reason.

there is no need for tinkering it would just make the game more gimmicky and that's the last thing we need.

If anything bring back the fantastic old-school hockey instead of making the current game even worse