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TomWaits 07-20-2004 12:25 AM

Is anyone else excited about the WHA?
 
I have to admit I kinda am. I am a hockey fan and being 32 years old I just missed out really understanding the impact of the orginal WHA.

Our game as we know it is in a mess, the owners aren't going to change neither are the players so maybe the fans should.

Obviously the talent will not be there but hopefully the characters that made the orginal WHA so much fun will be. In Toronto it probably won't take much to peak our interest espically if they are winners.

Let's just say for a minute they sign Crosby... wouldn't it be fun to see him play with Cheechoo and Steve Thomas. Now it is a long shot but why not.

I love that idea that there is a 15 million dollar cap and hopefully that means cheaper ticket prices for the fans because I am sick and tired of getting treated like a pawn by the NHL maybe the WHA might treat me better.... or at least buy me dinner first!

We may never see the puck drop on their season and I highly doubt the second season will see the light of day but it is going to be fun to follow why Bettman and the NHLPA fight over millions.

GO Toros GO - the leafs haven't won for god knows how long so now we have a 1 in 8 chance of winning and that is further than the leafs have gotten in a while!

TomWaits

Russian_fanatic 07-20-2004 12:50 AM

Nope.... I think it will be a giant flop...

Pensfan86 07-20-2004 02:43 AM

i personally would be more excited about the nhl season...i would like to see two pro leagues in the US however. I think the WHA could be exciting because more than likely their goalies will stink...so it could be a really offensive league.

TomasPlekanec 07-20-2004 08:22 AM

I'd be more excitted about an NHL season, but the WHA sounds like a league who will concentrate on offense first, so yes I look forward to see some games if this ever take off. I'm sure gonna follow it and cheer for the Nordiks if there's no NHL season..

chiavsfan 07-20-2004 08:32 AM

I would be more excited about the WHA if they put a team in Chicago...but they dont seemt o want to capitalize on a market that is looking for a real hockey team...the Blackhawks no longer qualify, and their attendence shows it

ktownhockey 07-20-2004 08:41 AM

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Originally Posted by chiavsfan
I would be more excited about the WHA if they put a team in Chicago...but they dont seemt o want to capitalize on a market that is looking for a real hockey team...the Blackhawks no longer qualify, and their attendence shows it


I think the WHA will be fun to watch, and I hope alot of players sign on to play their. It'll restore some fun back in hockey while this stupid Lockout will be going on.

Vic Rattlehead* 07-20-2004 08:51 AM

Nope. If there is no lockout, all that will be playing will be minor leaguers and third/fourth liners.

Blue_and_White 07-20-2004 12:35 PM

Regardless of whether there is a lockout or not in the NHL, I will be watching and following the WHA. Even though there will not be the same amount of talent as the NHL, I think it will be an exciting type of hockey. I hope they will be televising games, hopefully some of Hamilton's or Toronto's on TSN or Sportsnet. I'm not to sure yet which team I'm going to be going for though, either Hamilton or Toronto since I live in Ontario. :dunno: I love the Leafs, so it will probably be Toronto.

Big Cat Davo 07-20-2004 01:00 PM

I am
 
I am excited . . . more hockey is never a bad thing and competition is good.

Dave

Slats432 07-20-2004 01:05 PM

I would be, if it was well run and organized....which it seems to not be right now. I hope they can get it together.

ALF AmericanLionsFan 07-20-2004 01:15 PM

More hockey is a good thing. Bring back the Crusaders!!!!!!!!!! We need some hockey this year after the World Cup!

Jim 07-20-2004 01:31 PM

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Originally Posted by 19bruins19
Nope. If there is no lockout, all that will be playing will be minor leaguers and third/fourth liners.

Let me ask you a question....and anyone else who feels the same. Have you ever or would you ever watch an AHL game? Are you so casual of a hockey fan that if it isn't the best players in the world it isn't worth your time? If you trully love hockey or if you have enjoyed an AHL game....what is the big deal and why are you so negative?

Here is a league that is targeting players too good for the AHL but not good enough for the NHL(maybe do to size) and players who skate on the third or fourth line of an NHL. So if it works, you are looking at a more offensive game with more skill than the AHL and slightly less than the NHL.

Blue_and_White 07-20-2004 01:44 PM

The talent won't be as high as the NHL... but who cares, it's hockey. It will be good.

Slats432 07-20-2004 02:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jim
Let me ask you a question....and anyone else who feels the same. Have you ever or would you ever watch an AHL game? Are you so casual of a hockey fan that if it isn't the best players in the world it isn't worth your time? If you trully love hockey or if you have enjoyed an AHL game....what is the big deal and why are you so negative?

Here is a league that is targeting players too good for the AHL but not good enough for the NHL(maybe do to size) and players who skate on the third or fourth line of an NHL. So if it works, you are looking at a more offensive game with more skill than the AHL and slightly less than the NHL.

I disagree....

The free agent draft was a joke....drafting NHLers....if they wanted to be serious, then they would draft the Simon Gamaches, Corey Lockes, Mike Weaver, TJ Hensick, JM Liles, Denis Parshin, Mathias Olimb, Sean Collins, Ian White, Jiri Hudler, etc etc....

Those are the guys they should have drafted.....

Guest 07-20-2004 02:38 PM

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Originally Posted by George Bachul
I disagree....

The free agent draft was a joke....drafting NHLers....if they wanted to be serious, then they would draft the Simon Gamaches, Corey Lockes, Mike Weaver, TJ Hensick, JM Liles, Denis Parshin, Mathias Olimb, Sean Collins, Ian White, Jiri Hudler, etc etc....

Those are the guys they should have drafted.....

So in other words, the guys that were drafted in the WHA Amateur Draft, if eligible.

One thing that is pretty smart, but will detract a lot of players from signing with the teams is that each team is only allowed one non-guaranteed contract for 1 season. Meaning that everyone signed to play on the team, with one exception, has to play the full season in the WHA. That's a total of 8 players in the WHA that can return to the NHL if the lockout is resolved. If they can get the younger players to take the leap because they need the paycheck, they'll get them for a full season at least. Everyone seems to think that the NHL will resume and the WHA will empty out. Only 8 players will leave to go back to the NHL. That also hurts the league because if they allowed more exceptions to this rule, they would likely get more NHL players.

Slats432 07-20-2004 02:55 PM

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Originally Posted by GoCoyotes
So in other words, the guys that were drafted in the WHA Amateur Draft, if eligible.

No, he said that they were targeting small skilled players.
1st Round Selection Pos.
2003-04 Club
1.
Québec Simon Gagné LW
Philadelphia (NHL)
2.
Halifax Travis Green C Boston (NHL)
3.
Detroit Dany Heatley RW Atlanta (NHL)
4.
Hamilton Michael Ryder RW Montréal (NHL)
5.
Toronto Joe Thornton C Boston (NHL)
6.
Founders' franchise Todd Bertuzzi RW Vancouver (NHL)
7.
Dallas Eric Lindros C N.Y. Rangers (NHL)
8.
Florida Brad Richards C Tampa Bay (NHL)


2nd Round Selection Pos.
2003-04 Club
9.
Florida Steve Shields G Florida (NHL)
10.
Dallas Scott Gomez C New Jersey (NHL)
11.
Founders' franchise Corey Schwab G New Jersey (NHL)
12.
Toronto Ilya Kovalchuk LW Atlanta (NHL)
13.
Hamilton Felix Potvin G Boston (NHL)
14.
Detroit Drake Berehowsky D Toronto (NHL)
15.
Halifax Craig MacDonald C Boston (NHL)
16.
Québec Yanic Perreault C Montréal (NHL)

Doesn't look like they are targeted there....in the first two rounds...but they want to look like big shots and draft big names.

Or is drafting Fleury in the third round going to be what is going to lend credibility to the league. As a businessman, I pride myself on being a realist. If the WHA wanted to be realists, guys like Micki Dupont, and et al would be their early picks...players that they could conceivable get, as opposed to this chest pounding and posturing.

Licentia 07-21-2004 12:39 AM

I'm super excited... but i'm not sure why. Ever since I was a kid I loved to read the sports section in the paper, just hoping a new league would start. I have no idea why though...

The NHL is really boring now. When the best players can't even get 100 points anymore you know you're in trouble. I want the days of Pat Lafontaine's 159 points (or whatever it was) and Yzerman's 160+ point season, and Turgeon 130+ points and Lemieux 150+. I know those players are not capable of those points anymore, but there are young guys who are, but can't because the league is so defense-oriented now-a-days.


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