March 15, 2005

New league, or will NHL replacements work?: Russ Conway talks about the new re-vamped WHA and other "alternative" league proposals. Lots of questions...

posted by the red terror to hockey at 11:44 AM - 16 comments

Has forksclovetofu been reincarnated???

posted by smithers at 11:51 AM on March 15, 2005

Has forksclovetofu been reincarnated??? Atleast he isn't a tree now.

posted by jasonspaceman at 12:15 PM on March 15, 2005

weren't forks' posts much more link saturated? welcome, btw, TRT

posted by garfield at 12:29 PM on March 15, 2005

I've actually been trolling here for months, the site is a good resource. A little while ago I decided to register and participate, and as fate would have it, right at the point I started coming here daily the articles trailed right off after the NHL season tanked. Got the day off today, thought I'd throw up a couple posts. Cheers.

posted by the red terror at 12:36 PM on March 15, 2005

ps. don't know who this forks-dude is, i've never posted here before under any other handle.

posted by the red terror at 12:37 PM on March 15, 2005


posted by jasonspaceman at 12:43 PM on March 15, 2005

forks started with a bang here, too. The links look great, but you may want to slow your roll to one or two per day. Welcome!

posted by dusted at 12:53 PM on March 15, 2005

red terror: just some bad in-joke humour....welcome ;)

posted by smithers at 02:15 PM on March 15, 2005

I work about 60-70 hrs a week, you'll likely be lucky to get a post-a-week outta me!! RT

posted by the red terror at 04:06 PM on March 15, 2005

Anyone want to discuss the article?? Anyway, I'd love for one of these alternate leagues to take off... I've been going to the ECHL games here, and let me tell you, that's sum bad Hockey. I'd also like to see the rules go back to favoring speed and skill over bruising. We Yanks have totally fudged up the sport of Hockey by making it a brawl instead of a ballet. Let's get us some little guys who can move out there, chuck the blue line, and enforce hooking. Oh, Yeah, no teams named after a crappy movie by the owner.

posted by LostInDaJungle at 04:23 PM on March 15, 2005

I can't see replacement players actually coming into the picture. I'm pretty sure Bettman's been gunning for a legal declared impasse for ten years, and that's what we'll see this summer. If I'm wrong, though, I'd follow the talent to another league. Replacements just wouldn't do it for me if there was another available option.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:18 PM on March 15, 2005

I can't see paying good money to see replacement players. If I want a minor-league game, I'll go to a minor league game rather than attending a pseudo NHL game. Now Gary Bettman and Bob Goodenow being checked (repeatedly) into the boards, I'd pay to see.

posted by roberts at 06:04 PM on March 15, 2005

Anyone want to discuss the article?? [insert pissy comment here]

posted by dusted at 06:48 PM on March 15, 2005

I sincerely doubt that we will see any replacement leagues. It probably wont happen. I cant see Bettman letting it happen.

posted by Jimbob1077 at 08:36 AM on March 16, 2005

I think reinstating the tag-up offside will help combat the trap immensely - right now, clearing the zone gives the defensive team time to set up into the 2-1-2, torpedo or trap - letting the tag-up go means increased pressure on the defensemen to move the puck smartly and quickly, and punishes the defensemen for being unable to do so. Replacement players is pretty much a union-busting strategy. Bettman knows that given the shitiness of the product already, worse players are not going to be attracting anymore corporate sponsorship.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 09:15 AM on March 16, 2005

I look forward to seeing Bettman trying to ice replacement players... and having the Canucks and hockey's greatest team playing their homegames in the U.S..

posted by docgonzo at 07:46 PM on March 17, 2005

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