I was born a hockey fan, and I will die a hockey fan. Nothing will ever keep me from watching an NHL game, especially a Montreal Canadiens game. But unfortunately, not everyone was born from the same mold as us ''hardcore'' fans. There are a lot of things holding the NHL back. There are many issues keeping the NHL at #4 amongst the major North American sports, and there is seemingly no chance of improvement in site.
What are the main problems holding the NHL back? How spiteful will this list be? Read below to find out!
Here is a list of ten issues that, in my opinion, are plaguing the league. Some interlap, or could be grouped into a bigger problem, but all hold their unique aspec...
UPDATE: Patrice Cormier has been suspended indefinitely according to TSN
On Sunday night, Patrice Cormier delivered possibly one of the dirtiest and most vicious attacks I have ever seen in the history of this sport.
Patrice Cormier, a New Jersey Devils prospect and the captain of the Canadian Junior team that just won the Silver medal will likely be facing a large suspension for his hit on the Quebec Remparts' Mikael Tam.
However, a large suspension is the least of Cormier's worries right now, as the Remparts are expected to press criminal charges against Cormier according to futureconsiderations.ca
As you can see from the video, Tam went immediately to the ice in convu...
This past Sunday we asked the question: Which Eastern conference team currently sitting out of the playoff picture has the best chance of making it in come April? Tonight, we travel across the Mississippi and look at the chances of some Western teams that are currently on the outside looking in.
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Ok, I just really wanted to say "travel across the Mississippi".
Nevertheless, the Western Conference playoff scene is just as interesting as the one in the East. But before we get to them, let's take a look at the results from the Eastern Conference.
It's interesting to note that most of the non-playoff teams in the East have games in hand over their direct com...
Today's new poll features six Eastern conference teams that are currently on the outside looking in. Most if not all of them are still clinging on to playoff hopes a little more than halfway through the season, but which team will make it in? Tell us what you think here!
Of course, not all of them can make the post season. And with at least 5 or 6 other teams all but locks to make the playoffs, that only leaves a spot or two for the six teams listed. Will it be:
9. The Philadelphia Flyers - 47 points in 44 games, 22-19-3.
The Flyers went through a stretch of games that had most people thinking they were going to be a lottery team. A fired coach, locker room troubles, ina...
The heroics of Jordan Eberle and his gang of under-20s that led to one of the most exciting gold medal games in recent memory drew a record audience for TSN Tuesday night.
The 5.3 million viewers that tuned in to watch Jordan Eberle score 2 goals to tie up the game 5-5 with only minutes left - only to lose the game on a John Carlsson goal in overtime - not only broke World Junior ratings records... not only TSN record all-time ratings... but it was the highest watched Canadian broadcast in almost 5 years.
While this doesn't legitimate the Junior tournament in my eyes any further (more on that later), it certainly shows that Canadians care about their sport, and, in this case sp...
TCL's version of the NHL's Hot & Cold was finally updated, with some interesting choices in both categories.
The Burning the League category was an interesting one to choose from. With Michael Leighton (4-0-1, 1.74GAA, .940SVP in last 5 games), Jussi Jokinen (5 points in 4 games, on a line with Matt Cullen and Eric Staal), Alexander Steen (10 points in 7 games, including 5 goals) all on some pretty good streaks, there were some good names to choose from, especially when you consider all the regular Ovechkins, Gaboriks, etc, but when our choice for this week's "Hot" player is on his game, you can't deny him.
Burning the league is Vancouver Canucks captain and top goaltender Roberto ...
Brian Burke was charged with the task of building an American team that could contend with Canada and Russian for an Olympic Gold Medal. And despite having all the tools to do so at his disposal, he put together one of the saddest excuses for an Olympic team I've ever seen.
I'm almost at a loss for words looking at team USA's roster. General Manager Brian Burke says that he had to pick specialty players to be able to compete with Canada and Russia. He says that he tried to build a tough and rugged team, but the roster he revealed after this afternoon's Winter Classic is almost mind-bogglingly bad.
There are the obvious picks, some Burke picks you knew he was going to make, but...