Now that the season is over it's time to say thank you to Gary Bettman for making hockey once again an exciting game.
Gone is the endless clutch and grab garbage we were endlessly subjected to. Gone is the swallowing of whistles late in the game. Gone is the make up call in order to make it more "fair". Gone is the time of watching a player with no skill interfering with a skilled player.
Those that bemoaned the loss of physical hockey under the new rules turned out to be 100% wrong. The game is as physical as it has ever been. There's a lot less fighting, which I used to love and still do when it happens, but if offered a choice between watching no talents constantly slug each other and watching Ovechkin and Crosby and the like weaving their magic, I vote for the latter. This obviously bothers some fans who still believe that players like Colton Orr are more fun to watch than Ovechkin and they are entitled to their opinion. It's just not mine.
I thought Bettman was destroying the game when the lockout happened but I was wrong. The TV ratings don't mean a thing to me. Watching exciting hockey is far more important.
Thank you? So this shouldn't have been done 6-10 years ago?
I knew this is how the game would have been affected by removing the redline and cutting down on obstructions, i saw it done in 98´ over here, if anything its a mircle if Bettman and Campbell still have a job after this season. HAD this been done 10 years ago the NHL might have been a really diffrent position right now, what a complete and utter group of clowns that runs the NHL are.
Only because I can watch it in hotels and it's a channel that seems to be no more bar TVs than OLN. I thought both have mediocre coverage and do hope that Comcast invests the $$$ to help hockey along - I'm just skeptical that their efforts will be fruitful.
And speaking of efforts - NBC couldn't have stopped the broadcast any sooner. They were dying to cut it off. JD talks about how the crowd will roar after Cole hoists the Cup - but we never saw that. Thought there'd be a bit more of an after-game, but there wasn't. Was there anything on OLN last night? It's still a channel that I do not frequent (and during hockey, I can watch Center Ice).
I wasn't watching at home so I don't know if OLN did. I was sure ESPN would have something, locker room coverage, or interviews something- but I was very wrong.
An example of why there was no post game coverage on NBC at least:
A few people where I was watching did say "Oh the game's on"? Followed by "Oh I thought it was the basketball final's"
All that being said, whether it was a result of the players adapting to the rules or the refs learning how to truly call the game (Face it, alot of the physical hockey that we saw in the POs were often called as penalties during the regualr season) or, more likely, both, I was truly impressed with the late season hockey and POs..Fast, passionate, high speed hitting....Let's hope it stays that way...Could go for the D-men being allowed to be a little more physical in-front, but that didn't hurt the game in the POs ..
Exactly, the game was as perfect as it can be in the playoffs this year, could have been a little more fights though but I loved every minute of it and if they can get rid of the diving for the next season - which I've heard that they are looking to do - and continue to call it as they did in the playoffs then I truly look forward to next season.