Originally Posted by pmcginty
we will never be able to 'control' what style/rules/etc brand of hockey they put on the ice as long as there are people who will still flock to whatever they put out because it's "better than nothing". maybe if more fans stayed away the league would see they should maybe head on a different path then the one the are on now? you are part of the problem, my friend.
Fans going to the games are not the reason why the NHL is going soft. Its injuries, govt, media, player safety, and owners protecting their investments. Players get paid incredible amounts of money and if I was an owner I wouldnt want to pay a guy to be on injured reserve.
Now coming from the fan stand point, I want to see as much hitting and hard playing emotional hockey as possible but there are too many other factors that are factored in all sports now, not just hockey. So as long as there is still hitting and fighting in the NHL I will continue to enjoy it. Maybe not as much as I did when I was a kid but I will still enjoy it.