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With A Break In The NHL Action, Will People Come Back To The Stanley Cup Final?

from Damien Cox of Ths Spin at the Toronto Star,

Then there’s the big one, the Stanley Cup, although the NHL hype machine is going to have to go into overdrive to make this one into a big attraction. The games will decide whether folks will be drawn into the best-of-seven series between Los Angeles and New Jersey; on its own, this one just isn’t that sexy. The NHL ceded ground in the continental sports conversation on the weekend to baseball, the endless NBA playoffs and the Indy 500, while north of the border cyclist Ryder Hesjedal stole all the biggest headlines.

Getting that attention back is going to be heavy lifting for the NHL.

Newark and downtown L.A. are almost movie studios, like false fronts in old westerns, when it comes to hockey. The game isn’t native to either location, and what they’ve been trying to sell with mixed success in SoCal for the past 45 years since Jack Kent Cooke brought hockey to the region still hasn’t taken permanent roots in New Jersey, where a shift from burbs of East Rutherford to the hardscrabble streets of Newark has yet to produce a positive change in attendance or interest.

Indeed, it’s at least theoretically possible the Devils might win the Cup next month and then soon after declare bankruptcy. We shall see.

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The game isn’t native to either location

It isn’t native to Toronto either, they have played the real game since 1967.

Posted by timbits on 05/28/12 at 01:15 PM ET

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Why are these Canadian columnists such crepe hangers?  They never see the bright side of anything.  I guess their motto is ” there is no gravity. The world sucks.” Give it a rest.

Posted by 13 user names on 05/28/12 at 03:13 PM ET

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Why are these Canadian columnists such crepe hangers?  They never see the bright side of anything.

My opinion is that it is all based in anti-USA/pro-Canada (except VAN) feelings. If it were possible for the Cup Finals to be Edmonton/Calgary, the Canadian media would act like it was set up to be the biggest sporting event since Seabiscuit fought Secretariat in Manilla in 1975.

Basically, they’re programmed now to act like Debbie Downer with anything hockey based in the USA. Never mind that if the NHL were confined to the Canadian borders, the KHL would be the marquee league and Crosby would be learning Russian.

Posted by awould on 05/28/12 at 05:02 PM ET

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The Devils will file for bankruptcy and the Leafs will have record profits. Why does it seem like th Leafs are the real losers in that equation?

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 05/29/12 at 11:32 AM ET

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