The NHL has made a decent comeback since we were robbed of a hockey season in which I thought my beloved New Jersey Devils looked great enough to bring home another Stanley Cup. While the NHL has made some great additions with the shootout and some key rule changes, I think the attendance factor still continues to bog down the NHL’s revenues and the full popularity in the sport. Now hear me out because some of things I think need to happen in order to keep the NHL from going back to those hard times and poor ratings. My ideas might rub some hockey fans the wrong way but here they are
1. Change the points system please. why should an OT win be worth the same as a regulation win. Make the regulation win count for three points
2. Move some teams. I have friends that are dying to have an NHL franchise back in their city. I have friends that were heartbroken as the whalers left Hartford, or when the Nordiques left Quebec. My suggestion, move the Lightning, the Thrashers, the Panthers, Blue Jackets, and other franchises to cities that really want these teams. I attended an Islander game that had nearly 5000 Nordiques fans there in support of both the Islanders and the Thrashers who are both 28th and 29th in attendance. I would never say move a franchise because it is terrible for those cities, but they do not care, send em some where that has a parade with over 10,000 people yearly to get a team back there.
3. Remove lame duck owners. These clowns are just looking at overhead, and they are just concerned with being in the black. Sell those teams to the public let us buy shares like they did with the Green Bay Packers.
4. Who does not remember the Coolest game on Earth advertisements.
5. Let em fight. Make sure every team has at least 2 enforcers.
6. Do something to get hockey cards back out to the public. Go the route of going with a 70’s style O-Pee-Chee cards
These are just some thoughts, please add to them as you see fit. Thank you every one for your support, I look forward to writing on Badwax. Follow me on twitter@ nick_steele66