DaBronx wrote:I am happy for hockey fans. Was skyping with a friend in Detroit who has Red Wing season seats and he was stoked about the settlement. Will be interesting to see how this plays out.
People can rant about the disgust they feel towards greedy millionaire players and their greedy billionaire bosses. And I can totally understand the fans who feel like they've been taken for granted.
But one thing I have to refute is the notion that a shortened regular season will result in an inferior product on the ice. To that, I say "horse hockey."
80 game seasons are marathons designed to maximize the hockey related revenue that the players and owners profit from. It does not necessarily ensure that each and every game in a full season will be a classic. Take for example, the annual curse of the Stanley Cup hangover, where it seems like the defending champs looks like they are sleepwalking through the first month of the season and it takes until mid-November or later before they start playing like their normal selves. Or how about the mid-season blahs when it seems like players and entire teams are playing passionless hockey in January and February, and are seemingly going through the motions. What about that farce of an event that is officially called the NHL All Star Game. And let's not forget the very end of the regular season, when teams that have locked up their postseason positions early start scratching all of their stars and replacing them with fringe players from the AHL. Is any hockey fan here going to miss any of this? Really?
With a 48 game season, you're not going to have any of this. Instead of a marathon, it will be a sprint with every regular season game carrying greater importance than in a normal year. In short, the regular season games will be a blast to watch, from start to finish. You won't be tuning in to any snoozers.