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Friday, May 31, 2013

Where's the Hockey

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Where's the Hockey?
By Wild on Sports Analyst Jason Gillson

OK NHL. You've got me; hook line a sinker. I'm feeling the hockey flow. Can't wait to watch tonight's game. Oh? No game tonight? Tomorrow? The next day?

If you are an Eastern Conference hockey fan then we have probably been singing the same song and dance all week. With both series ending early (5 games a piece), the West Conference series both going seven games and a TV deal in place -- there has not been any relevant hockey played on the East Coast in over a week. Ouch.

Yes Gary Bettman, I know there are two weeks between series going into the Super Bowl in the NFL and yes, I know this is one of the highest anticipated match-ups we have seen on this side of the country in years. I know Saturday night games are going to draw a much better TV rating than a Thursday night game. I get all that. I don't like it, but I get...

...is what a sane business savvy individual would say. Since I don't qualify, let me blow off a little steam here. It is absolutely ridiculous that we have to wait over a week between playoff series. One season ended in mid-May. The next starts in JUNE! JUNE! Common now. 

The NHL playoffs are going to run damn close to July if the Cup Final goes 7 games. That is way too late in the year for hockey. Even in Canada the snow is gone and ice is melted by July. It's summer, not hockey season. May, OK, no problem. June, ah, I've grown to accept it to a degree. July? No thank you.

Given the way the season started -- lockout shortened and all -- hockey fans have come out in drones, many forgetting that just a few shorts months ago we were worried that there may not even be a hockey season. We waited months to get hockey back and finally did. Now we wait a week to get playoff hockey back. Somehow this week seems longer.


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