The NHL should disband, start anew smaller
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09-09-2004, 08:49 AM
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Ok, most of you will be all like "thats stupid", but lets think about this...
All of us, ALL OF US, have heard from older hockey fans "Man, this game you called 'hockey' is NOTHING like the old time hockey".. and we all rolled our eyes and said sure-sure... well guess what...
THEY WE'RE RIGHT.
Folks, we've been priviledged enough to witness ubelievable hockey the last 2 weeks... I mean, the endless tape-to-tape passing, the speed-speed-speed, the GREAT scoring plays... the hockey as JUST BEEN AMAZING.
And to those who say "I wouldnt watch an 8-1, 7-2 game".. If I had followed that reasoning, I would have missed that JUST AMAZING 4th goal by Team Canada last night... the tick-tack-toe Mario-to-Iggy-to-Sakic goal last night! According to that reasoning, a 5-0 game would suck... funny, it DIDNT SUCK LAST NIGHT.
So, in light of the unbelievable hockey we've seen, its time the NHL just died and restarted as a 8 to 12 team league. Only allow the best of the best of the best to play... like they used to. As one Toronto paper said earlier this week. "Who would want the NHL to restart after this kind of play... they'll be shamed into stopping."
I know its never going to happen (or rather, it COULD happen if there was an extended extended extended lockout, but theres word that there may be a coming settlement), but I used to be all about "growing the sport" and "extending its reach".. PFFFT, not anymore. Keep it small. Keep it good.
I want old time Hockey. 8 to 12 teams at MOST. Bring back the good old days of fast, high-scoring hockey. Thoughts?
Except that you're overlooking the fact that the talent level\competition has increased proportionately to the amount of teams. The top-end talent of the 60s and even 70s seems terrific when we remember it fondly, but the reality is that even with this so-called "dilution of talent," the superstars of today pretty much blow away anyone playing back then, with a few rare exceptions(bobby orr being the one that springs to mind.) and to the layman hockey fan, those that don't have the attention span to appreciate the nuances of a technical game of hockey...those 9-8 scores might be appealing, but something is lost in the magic of a goal if they're occurring every 5 minutes, in my opinion. Part of the reason that I enjoy hockey so much over a sport like football or basketball...is that there's so much suspense. A goal could come at any time...but not so often that it becomes monotonous. 3-2, to me, is a perfect hockey score...and I wouldn't want to tamper with that. I watched the game last night, and ended up turning it off due to sheer boredom. It was fun to watch for you, as a Canadian, because of the sense of nationalistic pride. The overall quality of the hockey was, to me, kind of disappointing, and the same can really be said of the entire World Cup, with a notable exception being some of the stuff I've seen the Czechs do. Overall, though...I would never want the NHL to be this way.
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