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Hockey Thoughts On Opening Night

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Seattle had five players on its COVID list on Monday — Joonas Donskoi, Calle Jarnkrok, Marcus Johansson, Jared McCann and Jamie Oleksiak. Nothing is a better reminder of the uncertainty we still face, which leads to a major early-season storyline: attendance. All arenas but Vancouver’s are open to full capacity. As one executive said last week, “We’ve sold tickets, but aren’t sure how our fans feel about being in a full building. We see some uncertainty.” How will that play out in Ottawa and Toronto, which didn’t have complete clearance until last Friday? What about Calgary and Edmonton, where the health system is buckling under a COVID surge? There are teams who know their attendance will be down due to poor performance, and some who feel very confident. Gate receipts matter, so this will be a closely-watched phenomenon. (Nathan MacKinnon in Covid protocol today)

- That’s a big “W” for the Canadiens to get Nick Suzuki extended. After the Jesperi Kotkaniemi offer sheet, they realized this is no time to screw around and got their number one centre signed long-term. An executive from another team said from what he heard, it was one of calmest negotiations in recent memory (Dave Gagner and Jeff Jackson rep Suzuki). There are always intense conversations, but never any danger of going off the rails.

- Everyone’s being very careful about this, but word is that there are four or five teams indicating comfort with Eichel’s preferred disc replacement. There are legitimate attempts to find a solution, but it’s still a challenge. This is a hard deal to make if you’re giving up top picks/prospects, and have to wait through the surgery. The good news is that I think everyone realizes it is time to sort this out.

- A little surprised Bobby Ryan and Detroit didn’t work out a contract, but Lucas Raymond sure earned his spot. Will Ryan be re-visited if the Red Wings need to add a veteran in the next few weeks? Not many places he’d rather go.

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It’s cool Vegas has embraced hockey in their own way and
found ways to appeal to more casual fans with noise and glitz.

But just personally I find their constant ear-splitting music etc
distracting and annoying. Less can be much more.
Maybe we’ll never go back to actual organs and crowds that
are naturally loud and passionate because they know and love
hockey and are on top of the action. Most of those arenas have been torn
down. A place like Montreal is unique.

There are great hockey fans in every city and I do think purists can
underrate how good and excited about *hockey* crowds in newer markets can
be - especially when they experience playoffs together for the first times.
I just wish the sound and entertainment people in Vegas would dial it back a little bit.

Posted by lefty.30 on 10/12/21 at 05:45 PM ET


Seems a lot like Sportsnet is telling the Sens
they have to be the ones to budge on the greediest,
most selfish supposed leader and “team guy”
in Brady Tkachuk.

Don’t like the player. Don’t like the whole “we’re the Tkachuks”
persona. But really feels like he’s holding a vulnerable franchise
hostage. Chabot made a commitment to the franchise when things were
less certain than now. Tkachuk won’t. And his reported dollars asks, aside from
insisting on the bridge, are absurd.

Posted by lefty.30 on 10/12/21 at 05:59 PM ET

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But just personally I find their constant ear-splitting music etc
distracting and annoying. Less can be much more.

Posted by lefty.30 on 10/12/21 at 05:45 PM ET

A few years ago, a friend in Detroit called and said he’d been given a few tickets in the second row and asked if I wanted to come down for the game. I told him sure, but there were two caveats.

One, he had to supply noise-cancelling earplugs. And, two, when (not if, but when) I got arrested for yanking the idiots in front of me standing up and pounding on the glass back into their seats, he had to guarantee that he’d bail me out. He decided to find someone else to take the extra ticket.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/12/21 at 07:03 PM ET


As a Montrealer I unfortunately have to report that much of the game experience here has become like anywhere else.  The organ is great but there is still way too much ear splitting music, cues for the crowd to cheer really loud, etc.  I haven’t been to a game in a few years because when I go too often I feel like I just want to be left alone to watch the f#*@ing game.  If I want to watch with a crowd I’ll go to a bar where I know I’ll be in good company (and not have to pay $14 for a pint of bad beer).

Posted by dwgs on 10/13/21 at 09:18 AM ET

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