As someone who is a 15 minute walk from the arena I'm pretty stoked. I'll be buying at least a 20 game plan.
I haven't been to a game in a while but not having to go into the city from Long Island was pretty nice. Nassau Coliseum wasn't nice, but it was totally fine really. They didn't need a new arena; they just need not to be such a ****** team.
“I think human nature dictates that I didn’t want them to win,” Boudreau said. “I think that’s just human nature. I was hoping for some players to have success and players I really like to do well and they did, but quite frankly nobody ever admits it — and maybe I just did — but I wasn’t exactly pulling for them because it would have validated me losing my job.”
I have a feeling if NHL cancels WC then it will almost certainly mean that whole season is cancelled. Sadly i think Fehr then rallies its troops next summer and tries something incredibly stupid like getting rid of the cap which results losing majority of next years games. And worst case scenario, some franchises moving / contracted.
Pretty sure the Panthers actually do well via their arena deal (the team itself may not be all that hot financially, but the extras make it worthwhile). Doubt they're at the top of the relocation list.
I'd like to see about 4-5 teams dispersed because the quality of the league would be better. The NHL regular season has become a snooze compared to 1980's. There are lots of reasons for it, contraction would only on solve part of it.