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Hockey is in dire need of inspiration. More than ever, hockey leadership needs the people who will step out of the echo chamber and promote the unpopular opinions. Are any players in closed-door meetings speaking out in recognition of the fact they’ll have to give back? That they’re not going to receive 57 percent of revenues for happily ever after because it was the agreement once upon a time? 

And are any of these supposed owners who can’t afford or don’t want a lockout, but who apparently back the tactic of shutting down the league, voicing their concerns over the ridiculous way the NHL runs and negotiates its business? Who knows where the real truth to this lies. But hockey will never be big-league in the USA if it continues to operate with such bush-league, winner-take-all, pre-PA mentalities.

-Rory Boylen of The Hockey News where you can read more on this topic.

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The NHL is never going to be ‘big-league’ in the USA.  Not ever.  Never.  Tilting at the windmill of mainstream acceptance in the USA is futile and self-destructive.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 10/09/12 at 05:41 PM ET

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It is almost impossible to change the game due to Canadian dominance and paranoia.  The people who run the NHL ( Canadians) fear that if it becomes too popular in the US they will lose control.

Game needs more consistency.  rules the same for everyone.  Phase out of meaningless fights.  A rule book instead of vigilante justice  

Owners proud of the game not just looking at making quick buck.  need an old time Commisioner like baseball used to have.  Someone whose interest is protecting the game, not players or owners.

Posted by 13 user names on 10/09/12 at 05:42 PM ET

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It is almost impossible to change the game due to Canadian dominance and paranoia.  The people who run the NHL ( Canadians) fear that if it becomes too popular in the US they will lose control.

Please point out to me the Canadians that effectively run the NHL…

Posted by dash_pinched on 10/09/12 at 07:42 PM ET

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The people who run the NHL ( Canadians) fear that if it becomes too popular in the US they will lose control.

Yup.

Because it’s the paranoid Canadians who are trying to push the game to places that don’t care about hockey.  That’s on Canada, not the idiots who run the league and aren’t content putting hockey in places that people like hockey.

Posted by Garth on 10/10/12 at 10:30 AM ET

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Like moths to a flame.  the more Canadian you make the NHL the less “Major League” it will be in the U.S. 

Canadians want more teams in Canada, that will make the league less of a “Major League” in the US.

Canadian teams are doing very well, right now.  They weren’t doing too well a few years ago The league needs franchises throughout North America to be a true “Major League”.  Thats the truth. 

Revenue sharing would be a good idea to insure that economic turbulence does not cause a team to be less profitable on either side of the border.

Having teams go south or north every time he US or Canada has an economic downturn is not in the best interests of the fans in either country.

Posted by 13 user names on 10/10/12 at 06:22 PM ET

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