I hope the NHL is locked out a good long ass time
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09-08-2004, 02:37 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Devils' attendance doesn't improve...
because there's only so many people willing to drive to the Meadowlands 41 times a year. It's convenience. Heck, the Nets haven't had great attendance either, if I'm not mistaken. It's location, location, location. But, the Devils can still afford to ice a team with a $40+ million payroll [which is where I believe they'll be this season], and likely makes money.
as for the rule changes you suggest...full 2-minute PP with unlimited scoring? I don't know if 20+ minutes of 5-on-4 hockey is really the way to go, and further, all that does, really, is increase scoring. The MISL didn't do well, and I don't think that gimmick does well either. Talented players should be able to showcase their talent. Clutching and grabbing takes away from that and puts lesser players (call them your 'Jim Dowds') on a more even playing field. It's like you career nickel back being able to hold Jerry Rice circa 1995 as he ran his patterns. It's a penalty and happens much less than clutching and grabbing. Clearing the blue line (i.e., not being able to forecheck on occasion), doesn't make much sense either and slows the game down a bit.
But in the end, you need to market the product.
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