We Are All Canucks
Should the NHL change the schedule so fans can see a variety of more teams from different conferences or leave the schedule the way it is?
In the third option teams would play teams in their division seven times and 14 games (almost every team) against the other opposite conference.Joe Solak said:I understand building the division rivalries but I think it should be changed a little. In my opinion, it is stupid that some fans don't even have a chance to see teams/players from the opposite conference.
As a Canadiens fan living in Minnesota I go to some Wild games every year but am disappointed this year that I don't even have the opportunity to see the Habs play.
You don't have any interest in seeing the good teams either? What the Ducks or Stars? Detroit or Colorado? Both have a good recent history with the team and ya'll should be rivals.Devils_Fan said:I realize I'm the only person who clicked no, but that's because I really don't want to see the Devils traveling all over the western half the country and Canada to play teams I personally don't care about. I understand the West's desire to see the Eastern teams, but I don't think much of the East has the same desire. I could care less about Columbus, you know? No offense to Blue Jackets fans either.
Actually, no. Of course I realize there are great players on Western teams, but I can't get fired up for the Devils to play the Ducks or Canucks. I have no personal interest in those teams and even if I did see each of them once a year, that certainly wouldn't build any rivalry between us and them.shookem said:You don't have any interest in seeing the good teams either? What the Ducks or Stars? Detroit or Colorado? Both have a good recent history with the team and ya'll should be rivals.
Columbus I could understand but why would you deny yourself a chance to watch a great battle like Luongo vs Marty? I mean I know the Devils have it easy in the Atlantic and as long as they play the other garbage teams in their division eight times they've got home ice advantage in the playoffs but you're missing out on Joe Thorton, Iggy, Havlat or guys like Sakic that won't be in the league forever.
Of course the East is upset about it. They have it made as far as traveling is concerned. The West whines about having to travel too much within their own divisions, whereas for the Devils, the only real travel in their own division is Pittsburgh and it's like an hour by plane. Traveling most certainly takes a toll on them when it's travel to say, Los Angeles from NJ. Traveling to Detroit or Chicago might not, but asking the Panthers to travel to Vancouver or vice versa, is a huge pain in the ass, let alone a big expense... and really, unless there's a superstar on the visiting team, who in that market is going to rush out to buy tickets to see the Panthers? I prefer it the way it is as far as East/West. They host one division; they travel to one division and they leave one alone on a rotating basis. The only part of it I'd change is the 8 games against your own division. I'm a little sick of seeing the rest of the Atlantic, but I'd rather see those games broken up within the Conference.shady82 said:I agree that every team should see each other at least once a year. And who cares about travel? Alot of these teams out East are whinning because they have to travel out West. The West is always travelling long distance, even when they are in their own conference. Besides, its not like travelling takes that much of a toll on them. If they want to cry about it, go back to the juniors and see what hard travelling is all about.
Okay, I suppose there's a little something for the teams we personally have met in the Cup, but we only lost to one of them (CO) and it's been at least 4 seasons since the last one with the Ducks. I used to get all fired up when we played the Wings, but it's been so long since 95 and very few of those players are still playing, let alone for the teams they played with back then. I don't know. I have Center Ice, so I watch the Western teams a fair amount, but if I'm going to go to a Devils game, the Western teams are not the teams I'm going to see. Coincidentally, those are the games the Devils usually have ticket reductions and sales for, because of their unpopularity.shookem said:C'mon, nothing for the Ducks? The Devils played them in the Cup just a few years ago. Detroit and Colorado? Both teams that have had their go at New Jersey. Nothing there either?