Michael Russo's Sunday Insider: Hate to bring it up, but the NHL could be next season's NBA

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 17, 2012 - 10:01 PM

But the NHL's current collective bargaining agreement expires in September, and we all know what happened during the last negotiations.

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bhs91Mar. 17, 12 8:25 PM

WOW, if the NHL is dumb enough to strike...that would be too bad since they have made great gains in a fan base the last few years.

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mgalaforetMar. 18, 12 8:03 AM

Not in MN bhs91. The MN Wild season ticket base has been in decline since last year. A repeat of tge old North Star days?

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jeff4649Mar. 18, 12 9:55 AM

The season ticket base is not what I would call "in decline". I have upper level season tickets and have asked every summer to add 2 more tickets in my section and have been told there are none available.

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washburnlkMar. 18, 1210:26 AM

The Winter classic is already scheduled so I think the European games are just posturing by the league, to match the posturing by the NHLPA when they did not approve realignment. There'll be a season for sure, and the cap change, either up or down, shouldn't affect the Wild since they leave money on the table anyway.

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wdntyouknwMar. 18, 1210:33 AM

"they leave money on the table anyway"? What are you talking about? The Wild have been up against the cap ceiling every year up until this year because Fletcher is making room for future acquisitions/signings. The cap doesn't affect the Wild? They want to have the space to sign Parise if willing and a defenseman like Suter, Garrison, or Matt Carle. A different-from-expected cap could help or hurt depending on the opposition's cap space.

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mgalaforetMar. 18, 1210:52 AM

Well Jeff4649, there is a reason the upper level is more filled than the lower. The seats are cheaper. In the "old" days of the Wild, there were what 3,000 people in the Warming House? Now the Wild are offering-up all kinds of ticket packages, where none were offered-up in the past. I have been an STH since the beginning, I sit in the lower bowl, and there are all kinds of seats available around me for every game. You just don't see it because its too far below, and also they are often filled with fans of the opponents. How many times have you heard 18,000+ fans this year? When they were on a hot streak, or Winnipeg or the Red Wings were in town? If you want two addtional seats, move down to the lower bowl. You will have your pick of the litter. In my entire row there maybe two others that I see on a consistent basis. You are kidding yourself if you think the number of STH's are not in decline.

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bobo72Mar. 18, 12 1:07 PM

A 66-game schedule with the brand new conferences sounds like a helluva season to me. I like it...especially if we're rostering guys like Zach Parise, Mikhael Grigorenko, Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle, Brett Bulmer, and Zack Phillips. Bring it on.

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washburnlkMar. 18, 12 1:44 PM

@wdntyouknw, Check your numbers on past cap space. This year they left $8.6, last year they spent only because they foolishly gave Backs $6 and Barker $3 miland wasted $5mil on Mittens and Kobasew. The year before they left $4mil sitting and they've never, even with back to back season ending injuries with PMB and Lats, used any LTIR cap exemption. You get what you pay for and that's what we're seeing.

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azusacattMar. 20, 12 1:28 PM

What? A delay in watching a team wearing the most horrible looking uniforms in all of the NHL? Nooooo!!!

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