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Death to the Shootout!

24 Mar

The shootout has got to go! I understand the reason it was put into the NHL, so they gain regain some popularity and put in a new rule that fans would look forward to. It is no way to end the game and I am not just saying that because the Flyers have lost their last 2 in shootout style. It is not exciting and it places the emphasis on individual players instead of the whole team. They already waste all this time bringing the Zamboni’s out on the ice before the shootout, they might as well change it to something different.

Alternatives

1. First off you can keep the 4 on 4 OT style that they play with but extend the time to 10, 15, or 20 minutes sudden death. 4 on 4 hockey is very exciting and it is back and forth the whole time.

2. Play a 4 on 4, 5 minute OT. If nobody scores during that time then go to 3 on 3 for 5 minutes. I am positive that with the skill on the ice a goal will be scored during this time.

3. Both of these options are good options but if nobody scores in the amount of time allotted then the game should end in a tie and each team gets 1 point and we move on to the next game.

The shootout proves nothing and frankly seems more boring then exciting to me these days. Specially because it takes time to Zamboni then they go one at a time and it just ends. Boooooorrrringgggg! NHL should change the rules so that more team skill is involved instead of individual skill.

-DB

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NHL Popularity Increase & TV Rights

18 Feb

It is not a secret that the NHL has been gaining popularity ever since the dreaded lockout that occurred in 2005. More and more fans are being attracted towards the newer, faster paced game. They are also being drawn to the Winter Classic, and the Heritage Classic this year. The Winter Classic has roughly grown in TV ratings 3 of its 4 years of existence. A 7 game grueling playoff series is one of the best sports event to watch. There are also an emergence of young stars, not just Crosby and Ovechkin but Stamkos, Tavares, and Mike Richards. This brings me to the TV Rights for the NHL next year.

After this year in the NHL the TV rights for Versus and NBC expire. There is much debate on who will acquire the rights of this up and coming sport for next year. The choices are Versus re-upping their contract, along with NBC also re-upping. The newcomers are ESPN taking the reigns, FOX, and Turner. I personally would love to see the NHL back on ESPN. I think that they show way too much College Basketball and occasionally it is between 2 teams that really do not matter. For Example they showed an ACC game between NC State and Clemson? that is a game that really does not matter in regards to the NCAA Tournament. They could have 1-2 nights a week and after Football is over play games Sunday afternoon similar to how NBC does it right now. ESPN usually shows NBA on Wednesday and Friday, they can cut that down to one day and continue their Sunday ABC games. I propose that they use Friday Night as Hockey Night, possibly using both ESPN and ESPN2 or doing a back to back game at 7 & 10.

The other station I would not mind is Turner. They seem like they are up and coming by getting Conan O’Brien as a late night host. They also have multiple channels that they could offer games on like TBS, and TNT. This will allow for a widespread of marketing and these channels are usually offered by every cable company. Also TBS always has been known for the NBA and MLB playoffs so they could take their success from there and shift it towards the NHL.

It will be an interesting bidding war because I am sure Versus does not want to lose the rights that made them an actual channel, but ESPN, Turner, and other bidders could have enough money to outbid them.

-DB

Next Stop Philadelphia!

7 Feb

After watching the Super Bowl yesterday and seeing Aaron Rodgers win it for the Green Bay Packers, I was thinking it could not have happened to a classier athlete. He waited his turn and when the time arrived he did nothing but capture it and led his team to a Super Bowl victory.

I also can not stop thinking about how we have two teams in the Flyers and the Phillies who are headed in the same direction as the Packers. With both the NHL season starting to get close to the end and Spring Training starting in about a week’s time it is an exciting time for Philadelphia.

The Phillies begin their season with a lot of hype and expectations to win the World Series next fall. With a rotation of R2C2 (Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Oswalt) it is hard to expect anything less than a championship. As long as the offense does not go stagnant, you should expect the Phillies competing untill the end.

With the Flyers sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 35-13-5, they are in great position to clinch a playoff spot and secure home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. Although home-ice is not that essential as they have a better road record, it is still nice to see those bright orange jerseys and the home crowd decked out in all orange.

In the Super Bowl yesterday Roger Staubach presented the Lombardi trophy to the commissioner, which I though was a good idea that the NHL should take up. I feel though that the legend should be from the team that won such as in the Flyers case like Bob Clarke or others from the Broad Street Bullies Stanley Cup winning team. Either way it would an amazing sight to see Mike Richards lift the Stanley Cup over his head in celebration.

Go Philly!

-DB

Time To Extend Leino

4 Feb

With almost every other important piece of the Flyers roster already extended it has to be time to find a way to extend Ville Leino as well. Not just because of his 2 goal performance last night versus the Predators, but because of his overall performance throughout this year.

He has recorded 13 goals and 25 assists this season through 52 games played. Also he sits among the top 20 in +/- rating at +18. He has an uncanny ability to guard the puck and find the open man on the ice. That ability has allowed both Daniel Briere and Scott Hartnell to excel in the goal category. As we saw last night he is able to score on any given night as long as he gets’ the shots.

He has become a fan favorite in Philly and his patented spin-o-rama is always amazing.

Leino becomes a free agent if the Flyers are unable to extend his contract past the end of the year. There are plenty of ways to give this man the money. Zherdev and Carcillo should be gone next year which free’s up roughly 3 Million in cap space as well as one of the current goaltenders and Sean O’Donnell. I do not feel that he should be paid top dollar, but he should be making more than the $825,000 he is this year. I would hate to see him go to another team, when he fits in perfectly on this one.

-DB

What Makes the Flyers Tick?

22 Jan

The Flyers have been red hot in the month of January with a record of 8-1 through the first 9 games. Up next they have the last place Devils at the Wells Fargo Center. What has been the key to their success?… Depth.

The Flyers have 8 total players with more then 10 goals tied for the league lead with the Detroit Red Wings. Then you compare that to the Pittsburgh Penguins who have 3 and the Vancouver Canucks who have 4. Also the flyers have a 9th player in Andreas Nodl who is just shy of double digits.

Many players have stepped their game up this year but a few in particular are Ville Leino and Andrej Meszaros. Leino has accumulated 11 goals and 25 assists on the year with a plus/minus rating of +23 good enough for 3rd place in the league lead. He is amazing with the puck and always has an eye out for his linemates Briere and Scott Hartnell. Meszaros on the other hand has provided solid defense with the lead league in plus/minus rating at +29. He has also has tallied 6 points including 2 goals in his last 3 games.

Lastly the goaltending situation betweeen BOB and Boucher is easy. Lately it has not mattered who started because the Flyers always play great defense for them. They are rated in the top 10 in Goals against per game and also the best team when they play 5 on 5. So as long as they could stay out of penalty trouble this team can outplay anyone.

Flyers return to Chicago for the 1st time tommorrow at 12:30 pm for the NBC game of the week! Should be fun..

DB

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