It's a matter of preference. Do you all want it to be a one-time event annually? If so, you probably won't like this, as is the majority. If you want the league to be more popular in general, it's probably a good thing with all these games.
I'm all for a few more outdoor games a year. If it's the league's goal to pull this off on an annual basis now, it'll likely eventually run its course but even though I pretty much just watch games of my favorite team, for any sport, it's a cool concept that typically isn't done much.
And 6 times a year out of hundreds and hundreds of games in a season isn't much at all. Enough to keep the concept in your minds, but not overdoing it and hopefully drawing some new fans along the way. If you just want 1 outdoor game a year, well I don't know what to tell you.
I look forward to tuning into all of these games. Probably one of the very few but all for these games.
I don't even want it annually, would prefer something like all 2 or maybe even 3 years to keep it unique and special. Having a Rollerblade-Classic is not my understanding of an outdoor-game but I guess uncle Gary and his stupid BOG don't care much about the integrity of the game. Personally speaking I also don't want the league to be more popular all I want is good, tight hockey with enforcers, hard-hitting and less comparisions with other league, hockey is hockey it is different and I like it that way.
Shanahan pointed one thing out that I didn't notice until I watched the video. Abdelkader skated in a huge "C" all the way around the offensive zone before lining up that hit. That's pretty much the definition of charging. He never said Abby left his feet, but you can't deny the fact that Abby was going dangerously fast for a high-ish hot like that
It is the inconsistency this guy has shown:
A certain d-bag can run around headhunting, cutting players and gets the benefit of the doubt and then all of of a sudden you have two big hits and boom each players gets 2 games. Last year and human giant went bushleague WWF styled on Z and he got a fine of 2.500 $ the player himself has a 114.000.000 $ salary so guess what? Shanahan, Daily, Bettman and all the other frontoffice stuff can go join soccer because their intentions are clear, they are out there to ruin hockey and turn it into a soccer on ice.
I love the way Pasha celebrates, he can make opponents absolutely look like beer-league players but never ever does the showboat. I HATE the way guys like Ovechkin, Yakupov, Kadri, Dupuis and Kane are celebrating, stay classy guys!
I truly believe that Homer's retirement has gone massively, massively under-recognized.
The coaching staff still appear to be implementing an offensive system that saw Lidstrom launch slap-passes at the net and try for a Homer tip or rebound. The only problem with this is that they are missing two key parts to it; namely, Lidstrom and Homer.
Very good point I fully agree just wanted to add something:
The Detroit Red Wings used to outskill almost every other team, these guys aren't prepared to work hard and grind it out nor does Babcock haas the roster to do it. I always thought, that Holmer was extremely underrated, he was one of the best ever to position himself in front of the net and screen the goalie, we have no one even close to that category now.
Going forward this team needs to become a hardnosed defense first team, because sadly they aren't going to outskill anyone for quite some time, they are getting outskill and outworked (which does bother me way more) ,because a bubble playoffteam should work their hardest at this time of the year.
I really hope Smith starts getting in form soon. He's been tossed around a lot this season with different pairings, and I think it's been bad for his development. I forget who has it in their signature, but it says that DeKeyser and Smith will be paired up next season. I hope they are correct because I think that would be a good pair.
I like that pairing extremely but I am still angry at not giving Smith some time with an alltime top 3 defenseman last season. It would have helped his development soo much just too bad it didn't happen.
Anyway, I just don't understand why Holland didn't trade White and Filps both won't be cap next season, so why not get a first and at least a 3 rd for this duo?!