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 Long lockout will ruin hockey as we know it 
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Post Long lockout will ruin hockey as we know it
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The NHL, with such naivet? in its leadership, expanded and over-expanded in recent years. This is the root of the economic shortfalls that prompted Bettman's agenda to wipe out an entire season rather than to continue the pay out of multimillion-dollar salaries. It was the owners who agreed to inflate the salary structure. And for most, it was a disaster.

It was absurd for the NHL to place an expansion team in Columbus. The town is the sporting property of Ohio State and football and wintertime basketball. It was folly to expand into Nashville, a music town with southern roots and the frail knowledge that Canada is someplace up north there.

The champions of the NHL, holders indefinitely now of the Stanley Cup, represent Tampa and St. Petersburg -- two suncoast Florida cities with traditional sports roots. AS SPRING TRAINING SITES FOR BASEBALL!

Miami, Dallas, Phoenix!!!!

No wonder the NHL has been at the abyss for a decade.

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February 21st, 2005, 4:26 pm
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Well I think the sport will take a hit in popularity but IMO it will be a better product if that makes any sense.

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February 21st, 2005, 5:23 pm
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It will be a better product only if they get rid of a few teams. IMO the talent pool is spread entirely too thin. Too much defensive trap systems in the NHL. Get rid of the marginal players/teams and welcome back the goals and speed. Not too mention they should lose the red line and go to Olympic sized rinks.

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February 21st, 2005, 5:42 pm
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TheRealWags wrote:
It will be a better product only if they get rid of a few teams.


Yes

TheRealWags wrote:
they should lose the red line and go to Olympic sized rinks.


& Yes

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February 21st, 2005, 5:44 pm
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Unfortunately I don't see the Olympic-sized rinks for awhile because of all the new arenas that have been built, they're just not big enough for Olympic-sized....but maybe somewhere in between :?: :?: :?: 8)

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February 21st, 2005, 5:49 pm
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I see this lockout forcing about 6 teams to contact. Which sucks cuz i really wanted to see NHL in Milwaukee within 10 years. Oh well, i guess i am stuck with a more family centered, cheaper, and more reliable product in the Milwaukee Admirals.

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February 22nd, 2005, 2:00 am
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Sorry, I hate playing Hockey on Olympic rinks.


February 22nd, 2005, 1:46 pm
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