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    NHL, NHLPA to meet Saturday....WHO CARES !

    NHL, NHLPA to meet Saturday in New York in attempt to salvage season

    http://www.canada.com/montreal/montr...f-56fb6add2b38

    "(CP) - The NHL season may be brought back to life after all. Believe it or not, labour talks will resume Saturday in New York.

    "Late Thursday night the NHL requested a meeting with NHLPA representatives in New York," the NHL Players' Association said in a statement Friday night. "Today the NHLPA accepted the invitation and a meeting has been scheduled for Saturday." New Jersey Devils CEO and GM Lou Lamoriello was relieved to hear the news.

    Plans have been in place for teams to play a 28-game regular season starting March 1 and there's still time for that to happen if both sides can reach a deal this weekend."



    SO, 14 Home Games.........WHY bother ?




    NHL and the players will meet on Saturday

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hocke...e-season_x.htm

    NEW YORK (AP) — "There might be an NHL season, after all. The NHL and the players' association will meet in New York on Saturday after the league requested the sides get together again.
    The union denied an online report Friday night that an agreement had been reached on a $45 million salary cap. An NHLPA spokesman told The Associated Press in an e-mail that the report was "absolutely false."



    I have been going to AHL & College Games in the Boston\Providence Area. You can't Beat the $25 (US) for the Baby Bruins, and $18 (US) for College !


    Thanks !

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    If there is a resolution, will the Canadiens have a home game the weekend of March 25-27?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EagerBeaver
    If there is a resolution, will the Canadiens have a home game the weekend of March 25-27?
    No , not yet, or at least no official announcement has been made.

    I suspect only after an official announcement is made and they've worked out all the logistical problems, i.e. getting the players back from europe, holding an abrevieted training camp ... etc ... will they announce some sort of schedule. Lets hope they can work something out, 28 games and a full playoff is better than no season and no Stanley Cup, imo.
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    You know, a 28 game regular season might actually be interesting as every game will be more meaningful in terms of determining playoff berths and home ice advantages. Also, the players will likely be fresher for the playoffs and the games might be even better.

    I hope that the schedule will allow a home game for Montreal when I am next in town. The only hockey I saw this year was a minor semipro league game between Laval and Verdun in the Bell Centre. I would like to see the big time hockey. A game between Montreal and Tampa Bay would be nice, although I'll settle for a game against the Bruins.

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    Bah, humbug, stay out forever

    As a former hockey player and fortunate enough to be able to afford NHL tickets, I probably fit the profile of the ideal potential customer.

    However, the last and I do mean the last game I went to see, a typical shift went like this:
    1 Player struggles to recover puck shot into his defensive zone. Lots of hooking and grabbing.
    2 Struggle to get past neutral zone trap.
    3 Highlight play: get past center line to shoot the puck into opponent's end.
    4 Once in a while, the offensive team actually gets the puck after the scramble in the corner and there is an actual SOG.
    5 Offensive players struggle to blind and jostle goaltender while defensemen cross-check them.
    6 Large goaltender with larger pads, sufficient to cover an SUV deflects the puck, probably without seeing it.

    General comments:
    Canadians hooking the European players look like toddlers holding on to their parent's sticks to glide around rink. The hockey stick is used far more often to hook and inflict pain than actually to manipulate the puck. The stars one might want to pay to see, unlike other sports leagues, are brought down to earth with the interference and intimidation, cautious style of play and ridiculously long season.

    It is understandable that poker and synchonized swimming are more popular on TV in the US. Better to invest in twenty DVD rentals, ten movies or an hour with a great SP than the non-entertainment obtained with a couple of hockey tickets.

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    The NHL is not the only outfit that is trying to torpedo top-flight professional sports. My romance with Major League Baseball was never the same after they cancelled the World Series...I can't remember why I ever used to care about the NBA...and hockey was already testing my patience with the absurd location decisions. (Tampa Bay? Nashville? Moving from Minneapolis to Dallas...and then expanding back into Minneapolis, and in the process unveiling the worst name in the history of major-league sports?)

    My best experiences as a fan involving professional sports have been at International League (AAA baseball) and East Coast Hockey League venues. They cost a lot less too!

    I may even have to give the slightly absurd-seeming AFL a go someday. Because I think LDL (Low Dollar Leagues ) are the way to go these days.

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    well so much for that, it looks like its over for good

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?id=115459


    it's a shame and a disgrace how hockey fans have been jerked around in all this

    fuck you players union and fuck you nhl
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    I couldn't agree more with gohabsgo. What's worse, they'll likely have the same BS all over this coming fall

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    Quote Originally Posted by anon_vlad
    As a former hockey player and fortunate enough to be able to afford NHL tickets, I probably fit the profile of the ideal potential customer.

    General comments:
    Canadians hooking the European players look like toddlers holding on to their parent's sticks to glide around rink. The hockey stick is used far more often to hook and inflict pain than actually to manipulate the puck. The stars one might want to pay to see, unlike other sports leagues, are brought down to earth with the interference and intimidation, cautious style of play and ridiculously long season.

    It is understandable that poker and synchonized swimming are more popular on TV in the US. Better to invest in twenty DVD rentals, ten movies or an hour with a great SP than the non-entertainment obtained with a couple of hockey tickets.
    I couldn't agree with you more you Sir Vlad ! Your vivid description of today's game hits the nail right on the head. The following is a short list of steps that the league would have to take in order to win me back as a fan so that the thought of forking over 100 bucks for a ticket wouldn't seem to be such a sacrilege after all:

    1- get rid of the red line

    2- making the size of the rink equal to international standards.

    3- eliminate goons who have no place in the NHL in the first place.

    4- let the most talented players play, sharp shooters and role players alike

    5- call all penalties as in football and basketball no matter what the score is or the moment of the game they occur

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    FML,

    I would add to your list the following:

    1. Widen the nets by at least 8" to reduce the effect of the ridiculous overpadding of the goalies, and make them move around and dive more like soccer goalies. This will boost goal scoring.

    2. Take the stick away from the goalies. They can have a stick on the back of the net and can use it only when necessary to clear the puck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EagerBeaver
    FML,

    I would add to your list the following:

    2. Take the stick away from the goalies. They can have a stick on the back of the net and can use it only when necessary to clear the puck.

    Hey EB, i'm with you as far as your first suggestion goes but the second one is a bit too "avant-garde" for my taste .

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    I'd still keep the red line. Elimination of the red line in Europe apparently didn't lead to offensive explosion. The game actually turned more defensive, since defensemen are now forced to stay behind (instead of joining the rush) to prevent breakaways. Just my opinion...

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    What really scares me are the rumblings coming from NHL headquarters about radical uniform redesigns.

    It's been bad enough with all the expansion-team foolishness--mixes of the trendiest interior-designer colors, with always some hard-to-make-out swirly thing in the middle of the sweater--but now they're talking about letting the design geniuses radically remake all the equipment. I can see it now: the metrosexuals who gave us atrocities like the Oregon Ducks' football uniforms roll out new form-fitting sweaters, with lycra and shiny fabric and swooshes of color everywhere. The NHL or "The Lion King on Ice": will we be able to tell the difference?

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    hmmm...interesting point but

    Quote Originally Posted by gk219
    I'd still keep the red line. Elimination of the red line in Europe apparently didn't lead to offensive explosion. The game actually turned more defensive, since defensemen are now forced to stay behind (instead of joining the rush) to prevent breakaways. Just my opinion...

    i cannot imagine that defensemen would keep staying back if their team starts trailing behind in the score with time ticking away. Soon enough, they'll have to open up play to create more scoring opportunities.

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    Fml, let's be realistic. With so many teams and (average) players in the NHL, the only way for a good number of teams to be competitive is playing disciplined, defense-first hockey. And coaches on these teams have to come up with all kind of traps to get points (their jobs are on the line!). Columbuses would get killed if they play open hockey against Colorados of the league. Some things (rink size, goalie equippment, etc.) are not personnel-dependent. But for all the rule changes - players and coaches will adjust. Will it visibly improve the game? I'm not so sure...

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