J77 Posted February 10, 2004 Share Posted February 10, 2004 I have heard this rumor from my local newspaper all the way up to the mighty ESPN......after the final sip of champagne is sipped from Lord Stanley's Cup this season, the NHL will be dead forever. Say it isnt so. They are saying that even if the labor agreement can be met in a reasonable time frame, it will still mean the contraction of no less than 5 and up to 10 NHL franchises. WTF!!!!!!! How did it come to this? I live for hockey, in any American league, federation, association, what have you. From the minor leagues up to the big show I follow it all. But now, to take away clubs, that have developed important and great rivalries??? What gives. I mean I have even read that the Chicago Blackhawks could be one of those contracted because the ownership is completely incompitent and the team is barely filling its arena (i think the figure i read was 70% capacity on GOOD nights). I mean this is an original six club with roots that go back nearly a century, and as a DIE HARD Red Wing fan, I need the Blackhawks as a traditional rival to my team. I live for those Wings-Hawks fight filled extraveganzas. I dont know what others are up for termination, but common sense can only tell you a couple (*cough* Pittsburgh *cough*) of them. I am just wondering what the rest of you guys think about where the NHL is headed, what can be done to fix it and which teams you think are definitely skating on "rapid melt" ice in their rinks.~UJ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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