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Compressed Schedule Results In Ugly Games

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Sorry to do this to you, but think back to that game between the Canucks and Predators Wednesday night.

It was a hideous display of the sport for a lot of recognizable reasons and it takes a detailed look to find who might really be to blame for such a show. There was certainly enough blame to go around. Remember the Canucks had played on Monday night in Tampa and flown across the continent the next day and the Preds had played the previous night in Edmonton where they lost to the Oil. The result was two exhausted teams pawing at each other, stopping only for Nicklas Jensen to roof a shot when a puck that had been knocked off Henrik Sedin’s stick ended up on his forehand about 30 feet from the net. It was the highlight of the night and in fact, other than a couple of Eddie Lack saves, the only highlight....

Clearly, it’s the almighty dollar calling the tune but here’s where it gets tricky. Who is providing these dollars? Why, it’s you of course, the hockey fan, one way or another. You are either buying tickets or watching on television and either way you are providing the money which motivates the people with the power to put an end to these dreadful mockeries of the sport.

That’s right. In essence, hockey fans are bringing this nightmare onto their own doorsteps by repeatedly buying tickets in Olympic years when they know this compressed schedule will wreak havoc with the entertainment value of the product they are purchasing. As long as the fans keep buying the tickets, the owners will keep instructing the league to keep scheduling that way and the players will have their pockets lined to the point where they’ll be willing to play.


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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Even without an Olympic compression, this had all the makings of an ugly game. 1200 regular season games. Some of them are going to suck.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/23/14 at 10:46 AM ET

RockWestfall711's avatar

Classic case of less is more.  NHL is not selling games but instead building dates.  Fans should get a discount proportionate to the drop in quality of play.  Oh, and no more Olympics.

Posted by RockWestfall711 from Las Vegas on 03/23/14 at 01:29 PM ET


Bullshit.  “The fans” are not a single unit working harmoniously together to drive players to the breaking point. I’m sure the majority of fans in the stands don’t understand the minutiae involved in scheduling and the toll it takes on the team. They bought the tickets because the date happened to fit their schedule and they were fortunate enough to have enough dough to make it that night.  So go ahead and try to blame a dad who was able to get a night off to spend some time with his kid by going to hockey game for the NHL compressing a schedule, but I think it’s far more likely the hack writers like mr gallagher, who benefit directly from it, have a lot more culpability.

He’s like a circus promoter blaming the people sitting in the stands for animal abuses. 

What a dick.

Posted by SlimChance on 03/23/14 at 01:38 PM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

You tell him Slim!

(I’m being sincere. Well-spoken. Tho’ to be honest I don’t know the difference between a Gallagher and a stalk of celery.)

Posted by alwaysaurie on 03/23/14 at 05:48 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Thankfully it was NAS-VAN, so nobody was watching anyways….

Posted by Primis on 03/23/14 at 10:29 PM ET

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