Boston didnt even have some of their better players in tonight, next game will be a lot different animal
Though i agree tukka wouldve made it alot closer.
We also were without 2/3s of our second line.
Great game, not indicative of what well see in the regular season.
But i firmly believe the east just isn't used to seeing the skill we have.
What's wrong with hockey being a white sport? Every sport has a main audience, hockey survived just fine by being a niche sport for a small target group and places with special weather conditions. The problems of the past were trying to put hockey into markets which don't support it. Another problem is the NHL is so focused on supporting non fans and questionable destinations by sacrificing people who are already fans and keeping great owners from icing the best possible roster.The Wings even with a great team might not be as popular as the lions but I think they would at least be a bigger draw then they are right now. As a fan I really hope the move to the east will help in terms of sellouts and regain some of the lost magic,
Comments like that are the reason hockey is viewed as a racist sport in general.
You have To grow the market, to where were not talking about which teams will have to be relocated, or all the revenue sharing that helped cause the second lockout in the last two cba discussions.
More people into the sport, more funding for the sport, at all levels.
Especially the u.s. and I don't know about you but I'd live to have more elite talent come from the states for gold medals and a point of pride.