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In 7 weeks NHL season starts.

Do you care?

By on August 15, 2005 1:37:06 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Will you go right back to watching NHL hockey or was the lost season and the BS of bickering millionaires to much for you to be a fan again.
I have to be a fan again, live just outside of Toronto, the centre of the hockey universe. My blood is Maple Leaf blue.
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August 15, 2005 6:56:56 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I will be watching the games again. I will be watching the Tampa Bay Lightning defend there title.....

GO LIGHTNING!!
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August 15, 2005 7:14:46 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I will be watching the games again. I will be watching the Tampa Bay Lightning defend there title


Wow, there is actually a hockey fan in Fla.
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August 15, 2005 7:28:56 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I've forgotten the player's names. Thibeault is a Penguin now. I wish Bill Wirtz (owner of the Blackhawks) would trade himself somewhere.
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August 15, 2005 8:58:36 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I am eagerly awaiting the start of the new NHL season now that all the bs is over. The league should be more balanced and stronger for it too.
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August 15, 2005 9:42:28 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
The Flyers are going to make a run at the Cup this year. We have Forsberg who will be a big help.
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August 15, 2005 10:58:23 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
The new rule changes should make things interesting too!
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August 15, 2005 11:34:42 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
My husband likes New Jersey Devils. Hockey sucks.
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August 15, 2005 11:51:47 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
In 7 weeks, I will be a hockey widow again!
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August 15, 2005 12:40:24 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Wom doesn't really care, but if I did, I would be rooting for the STARS.
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August 15, 2005 12:44:30 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I remember when it was the Minnesota North Stars. Quebec and Winnipeg had teams. too. Ah the good old days.
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August 15, 2005 3:45:47 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Personally, I'm excited for the year to begin. I just think that it will only be good again in 2-3 years once everything dies down a bit. All the trades that have taken place shook up everything. The game is going to be a LOT different. Having said that, I think my Leafs are going to fail miserably. I might as well keep watching junior hockey. Go Knights go!
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August 15, 2005 6:04:00 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I don't know how much I'll watch, but I'll follow it again for sure. I'm a Bruins fan, and now that the Sox have done it... I know anything can happen!

GO BRUINS!
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August 15, 2005 6:32:38 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Ahhh . . . the joys of being able to watch real athleticism again.
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August 15, 2005 8:11:14 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Sure will, it will be interesting with all of the changes the teams made. GO WINGS!!
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August 15, 2005 9:10:05 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Wow, there is actually a hockey fan in Fla.


Absolutely!!!!
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August 16, 2005 7:29:30 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I sure will follow it this year! I'm a Montreal fan, but our chances haven't budged a bit. The teams that gained a lot recently are the Penguins, the Flyers and the Blackhawks. The biggest loser: Tampa Bay. Without their star goalie, they don't stand much chance.
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August 16, 2005 8:28:33 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I'm just hoping I can see some games in HD this year...should be awesome!
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August 19, 2005 6:48:10 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
The biggest loser: Tampa Bay. Without their star goalie, they don't stand much chance.


I disagree. We have a good goalie in John Grahame. Yes it hurts to lose Khabibulin but thats the way things go. Greed is a great motivator, heh?

We still have the offense, so we'll see what happens.

By the way, nobody gave us a chance before we won the Cup? I don't see why we couldn't again!
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August 19, 2005 6:52:32 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
By the way, nobody gave us a chance before we won the Cup? I don't see why we couldn't again!


Beginner's luck!
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August 19, 2005 7:14:32 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I'm excited to see hockey start up again.  With the new rules and salary cap I think the teams are going to be much more balanced and the games will be just that more exciting. 

However, I feel that there will be a drop off in viewership initially.  It could be just a couple months or a couple years.  If the NHL is able to get ESPN or another high profile neetwork I feel that the viewership decline will be just a few months  but if they get a lesser known cable channel (what is it, great outdoors or something) then it will probably take a few years to recover.

Go Wings!

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August 19, 2005 9:15:53 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Yeah, apparently ABC/ESPN is out of NHL broadcasting. Comcast bought the rights for $200 million for the next 3-6 years and 58 games will be shown on OLN (previously known as the Outdoor Life Network). ESPN could have picked it up for $60 million, but they get better ratings than the NHL from stuff like poker and stuff.

 

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August 19, 2005 10:22:03 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I might as well keep watching junior hockey. Go Knights go!


Pete's rule!


I think my Leafs are going to fail miserably


Signing all the damaged players they have is not a good sign.
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August 19, 2005 10:28:30 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
GOOOOO BUFFLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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August 19, 2005 11:12:57 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
However, I feel that there will be a drop off in viewership initially.


Not in this household! I have two sports nut sons, a former high school/semi pro forward/defenseman for a husband, a male dog and a male cat! I am so out-numbered in the gonads category! And when it comes to hockey? In New England? I shudder to think!

Yes, this mom/housewife/iconist will soon be a forgotten cause!

Grrrr! GO BRUINS!
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November 5, 2005 9:59:53 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
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