not enough people - including media - are willing to get into hockey or embrase it = less merchandise sale than say in Canada. Seattle only wants the NHL as an after thought and we all know how that turned out. Dallas at least has some fans showing up when the team does well = competing in the playoffs.
but the truth is, some markets aren't just made for hockey no matter how big their population is.
Canadian teams should boycott revenue sharing till the NHL front office is giving them more teams, Seattle would start with no fans at all, in a non hockey market AND with the NHL being an after thought to me that's a disaster waiting to happen.
I would agree but with one additional point... The Seattle area is one of the most likely US metros that could potentially be converted to a hockey city (to some degree). Washington already has a lot of junior hockey, and they have a natural rival right across the border. Some very concerted grassroots efforts, and media presence, I think they'd be in very good shape after ten years, a solid hockey city. You don't have such potential in other scenarios in the US.
This would probably take better league leadership than they currently have now, though.
Didn't see this anywhere else.....Babs vents on Franzen to the media (mlive):
Babcock said Franzen is a good person and family man who tries to be a good teammate but doesn’t handle the media as well as he should.
“If you stepped right up and talked it makes it easier,” Babcock said. “When you don’t, things build and I think that puts more pressure on you. I don’t know why you’d do that.”
He drew a comparison to an ordinary job.
“You have a meeting and no one says anything; you walk out the door and talk behind each other’s back,” Babcock said. “If you just call each other out and have the hard meeting, then everyone can get on with progress.
“He’s a man; he’s got to deal with that himself.”
Franzen was a force in the playoffs between 2008 and 2010, with 31 goals (including nine game-winners), 59 points and a plus-29 rating in 51 games. Since 2011, he has seven goals, 11 points and a minus-9 rating in 31 postseason games.
“We need more out of the Mule,” Babcock said. “It’s simple.”
The tone here from Babs is a bit harsher than before. Reading through his professionalism, you'd almost think he was fed up with Franzen. Not a huge stretch of the imagination to see a buyout this summer.
It's gonna be hard for barry trotz to say goodbye to the nashville predators,if he gets a job somewhere else,the guys has a tattoo of the Nashville Predators Logo,he got it,because he said he was a Predator for Life
I think you guys are going to feel something like when Scotty Bowman went to the Hawks...albeit in a minor role, but he still was in the front office and did photo ops in a Hawks jersey! That was difficult to take.