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It’s important that the NHL tried Lake Tahoe, even if it didn’t work

NHL’s Lake Tahoe compound.

NHL’s Lake Tahoe compound.
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It’s all the time humorous, and simple, to chuckle at the NHL and their fixed failed plans. No league can step on a rake as shortly and completely as this one. And there’s one thing really symmetrical about Gary Bettman declaring the sun his enemy. But their “ski weekend” in Lake Tahoe was most likely nonetheless value it. I feel.

Sure, there are some apparent questions, however they’ve apparent solutions. There was all the time danger in beginning the Avalanche-Knights recreation at midday native time. You’re mainly hoping for the climate to cooperate, which it by no means does. And Bettman is the final commissioner who would determine the right way to management the climate anyway (Jerry Jones will, if he hasn’t already, after which make Goodell take the blame when it goes fallacious) Perhaps some form of cover over the rink would have saved them. But that would lower out the chance of images like this:

And the photos and vistas have been the entire level. With this season being solely a made-for-TV occasion, it was value a shot to show a few video games in the center of the season that would usually simply disappear into the ether with out discover into an event that would possibly get the sports activities world to note. And because of NBC imposing preserving hockey protection in sure home windows, there wasn’t a lot selection. A primetime recreation would have made extra sense, however the NHL and NBC simply don’t do that. The Flyers-Bruins one dropped the puck at that time, and whereas attractive, the low angle of the solar made seeing the puck almost unattainable for some.

But they did get a few of this::

That’s definitely one thing we’ve not seen for an NHL recreation earlier than. Or actually any sport. And it wouldn’t occur in every other season.

What the precise advantage of all that is, I don’t know. Will it get the league extra rankings in the future? Hard to make that connection. Did it get the league into the dialog extra and better on the pole than it would usually be? Probably.

At the finish of the day, it was a cool concept that wanted a little bit of luck to return off with no hitch that it didn’t get it. But that doesn’t change the reality that it was a cool concept. And we spend most of our time screaming about how the NHL isn’t out of the field with its pondering. It doesn’t all the time work. Doesn’t imply it wasn’t value attempting.


Of course, this being the NHL, they couldn’t assist however throw up throughout itself sooner or later when it didn’t must. The broadcast of the Flyers-Bruins recreation took day trip to inform everybody that each Dan Quinn and Mario Lemieux had gained the American Century Championship on the golf course on which the rink was put in.

What nobody on NBCSN took the time to analysis, or did and didn’t care, is that Lemieux and Quinn are linked as a result of Lemieux was in the room whereas Quinn allegedly raped a 19-year-old lady. Probably not the kind of factor you’d wish to come near linking in your nationwide TV broadcast, however that would contain anybody doing the least little bit of homework. Don’t sit on a scorching range ready for that to occur.

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