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Surveying The Players

from Sean Leahy of NBC Sports,

When NHL players descended on Chicago earlier this month for the annual Player Media Tour NBC Sports bestowed upon them the power of league commissioner for a day. Putting themselves in Gary Bettman’s shoes, we asked the players what changes they would make to the game on or off the ice. Escrow was an obvious choice, but we wanted the players to get a little more creative than that.

Changing overtime and the offside review were popular answers, but there were also some interesting ideas to come out of the exercise, like what Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews had to say.

Here’s what the players told us when we asked them, “You’re NHL Commissioner for the day. What change, on or off the ice, would you make and why?”

John Klingberg, Dallas Stars: “Get rid of the escrow. That’s an easy one. And get rid of the offside [review].”

P.K. Subban, New Jersey Devils: “I’d like to see less penalties. I’m a little bit biased, I like the older school game. When I sit back and watch the old NHL and watching guys like Pavel Bure and [Sergei] Fedorov still put up the numbers that they did with guys draped all over them, sometimes in the league we forget what those guys had to go through to earn the numbers and the seasons that they put together....

continue for more responses from the players...

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TreKronor's avatar

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks: “I always say just because our travel has been so ridiculous these last bunch of years I would change the schedule into little weekend series, similar to baseball. Let’s say you go to Winnipeg, you play them three times. You go to Dallas, you play them three times and you don’t go back there. We’ve had so many road trips going somewhere, coming back, going somewhere, coming back — just one game here, two games there, one game there. We’re always practicing, driving to the airport, flying. To me, that’s one of the things maybe other teams, at least in the East, don’t deal with as much as we do.”

That’s an interesting thought and would certainly lead to more intense games during mini-series.  Even just the back to back games seem to push the intensity level when the teams see each other twice in two or three days. 

From a ticket perspective though, that could be a tough sell - especially in the smaller markets with struggling attendance.

Posted by TreKronor on 09/17/19 at 09:04 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Toews’ thoughts about a road series interests me, too, Tre.  I remember when Tick Tock pitched the idea of each and every team in the NHL gets the chance to visit every NHL arena at least once in a season was, IMHO, a fantastic idea.  I live in Las Vegas and the chance for the Wings to visit this town for even just one game is thoughtful of Tick Tock, admittedly.  Now, Toews wants a tow or three game series like in MLB?  Interesting, indeed.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 09/17/19 at 10:06 PM ET

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