That's just rogers, Canadian market. As stated above the finals were the second most watched in many years...
Also, its looking like the kings are going to get away with just voiding Richards contract.
I get the argument that more super teams would draw interest from more casual fans, but the league right now has the same amount of powerhouses as the NFL, who's popularity the NHL will never be able to match in the u.s.
Unless You're making an argument here that you haven't said yet, you're just wrong on this one bud.
It would be cool for the wings to just be able to buy/horde all the talent they can, but then there would be no chance teams like Arizona, Florida, or Ottawa could survive.
Ok my bad then sorry, yeah Rogers is well just annoying and tsn crushed them again with their trade dead line.
See that's the difference I don't care about the other teams, if the Wings win in let's say a 7 team league that's way more entertaining than watching them aging and struggling to make the playoffs and on top of that not being THE July 1 team, not long ago this was our second Christmas
Don't get me wrong the Blackhawks can go down as much as much as possible but I don't think punishing successful teams is the right thing. For sure I feel a bit of satisfaction watching other teams going through the same crap we've gone through since 2009
So we should pay any 50 point guy that's 200 pounds and won a Stanley cup $7million? This is exactly why these contracts are getting out of hand because of people like you. Yes 22, so an rfa and he should accept a prove it bridge deal first. But nope these young guys want their huge payday now.
Because of people like me? Sadly I don't own an NHL team I'm just a wings fan but I will always side with the players. Why should he do that? As shown with the Saad and Hamilton contracts they are worth much more so signing a "prove it"contract that's way beyond market value doesn't make sense.
People really have to realize now how pissed of the players were with the last lockout the time of taking under market contracts and being forced into bridge deals is over.
Fans are crazy if they think Nyquist will sign for anything less than a long term north of 5 contract. Which like it or not is his market value.
The Richards signing kind of confuses me. I'm not sure what he brings to the table that we don't already have. I guess he is center depth but we already have so many third-line caliber centers. We already had veteran presence but I guess they felt we needed a bit more.
Nobody knows when Pasha will be back and it's really a low risk, high reward signing.
Agreed. I was going to say something like this since the Norris has basically become for the defenseman with the most points..
Personally I think a purely offensive defenseman should be in the same category as some other point producers. That would greatly improve the Norris and actually make sure that guys who shouldn't even be in the conversation for the trophy won't take it away from much more deserving players . Or if that's not possible just split it into the best overall defender and the one with the most points that way everyone knows which award is the more important one for a ..defender.
I mean not even nominating Weber, Suter and Keith ? Too bad Giordano for hurt guy would have won otherwise.
The best example is how good Phaneuf was when he first entered the league, this guy was heralded as a young Scott Stevens he was that good of an open hitter. I don't need the usual suspects flower power Greenpeace folks to know what I'm expecting from hockey and what I don't expect..sissy hockey, gimmicks such as 7 outdoor games , Rogers instead of Bell, less hitting hip checks, almost non exciting ufa lists...are for sure not things that I associate with hockey neither are showboaters and other questionable grow the game crap.
Anyhow Phaneuf will get dealt and I think he benefit tremendously from it...Toronto is just too tough of a market for most athletes especially if one has the burden of the C
I think we can all agree on this finally: hockey in the 90s and pre 2005 was just so much better and more exciting it's not even close. But as long as the stupid BOG doesn't act or finally getting changed to guys like Mr. I, Pegula...we won't see an improvement.