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(sportsnet.ca)   Jerry Bruckheimer reportedly in talks with the NHL to bring a team to Las Vegas. Every game expected to feature over the top special effects and a love story tacked on to keep women interested   (sportsnet.ca) divider line 34
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2007-06-07 02:05:41 PM
We already have the AA level Wranglers here at the Orleans Arena. I will keep that, tyvm. Cheap tix, cheap food & alcohol, and very fan-friendly.
 
2007-06-07 03:45:52 PM
Rumour has it that they're looking to put two more teams in the West, and move Detroit and possibly Columbus (depending on what happens with Nashville) into the East.

I can't help but question the logic of another round of expansion, but I'd love to see Detroit in the East.

Yay, greenlight number 50!
 
2007-06-07 04:13:56 PM
Lets assume Nashville moves back to Winnipeg, and they add KC and LV:

Probably go to 8 4 team divisions (if you don't like that, combine the pairs of divisions and make it 4 8's):
Northeast: NYR, NYI, NJ, Boston
Northern: Ottowa, Montreal, Toronto, Buffalo
Atlantic: Washington, Philly, Pittsburgh, Columbus
Southeast: Tampa, Florida, Atlanta, Carolina

Midwest: Minnesota, Chicago, Detroit, St Louis
Southwest: Colorado, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas
Northwest: Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Pacific: LA, Anaheim, San Jose, Arizona

The only problem with this is that you still have Detroit in the western conference, and the complaint I know is the time zone difference in playing a lot of teams in the Mountain and Pacific time zones. I wouldn't have much issue with switching midwest and southeast's divisions conferences, let the southern teams that don't care as much deal with the time zone difference.

The other nice thing is you get two divisions almost entirely all-Canadian. And if Canada would like Buffalo, we'll give you a good deal on them ;)
 
2007-06-07 04:15:37 PM
Detroit in the East would be 100% win.

However, I'm not too sure the NHL needs expansion right now with the commish doin everything but putting a 9mm in it's head.

You never know though. Sometimes expansion (particularly to high population areas) can hit it off good. Just matters if it sticks.
 
2007-06-07 04:21:14 PM
You're locked in a room with Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay, and James Cameron. You have a gun and one bullet. Who do you shoot?

/Trick question: yourself
//Old film-school joke.
 
2007-06-07 04:24:43 PM
headlessparrot: //Old film-school joke.

Old joke.

Maybe new context. Maybe new to you.

But it's an old joke.
 
2007-06-07 04:26:21 PM
dletter,

I like your idea, but the NHL would fark it up by making division teams play each other 20 times each.
 
2007-06-07 04:39:23 PM
Roger_the_Shrubber
headlessparrot: //Old film-school joke.

Old joke.

Maybe new context. Maybe new to you.

But it's an old joke.


Just thought I'd pop in to let you know that everyone reading your comment thinks you are a douchebag.

Cheers.
 
2007-06-07 04:40:24 PM
The NHL needs to move Detroit to the Eastern Conference....shoulda been done years ago. Watching a playoff game at 10pm at night is rough!

Moving Detroit to the east will bring more Original 6 match ups too. I miss seeing the Wings play the Leafs.
 
2007-06-07 04:46:28 PM
Well, assuming the NHL isn't dumb (haha):

8 4-team divisions:
6 games vs. each divisional team: 18 games
2 games vs. each non-divisional conf team: 24 games
Extra 2 games per team vs. another division in conf: 8 games
2 games vs. each out-of-conf team: 32 games
Total: 82 games

4 8-team divisions:
4 games vs. each divisional team: 28 games
3 games vs. each team in other div in conf: 24 games
2 games vs. each team in other conf: 32 games
Total: 84 games (what team is going to turn down another home game per year to the schedule?)
 
2007-06-07 05:09:29 PM
Bruckheimer's produced some good movies, and Cameron did Titanic - that's right, I said it.

Michael Bay, however, said no to Scarlett Johansson when she wanted to go topless for The Island.

Thus, it is clear that Bay must die.
 
2007-06-07 05:15:34 PM
robsul82: Michael Bay, however, said no to Scarlett Johansson when she wanted to go topless for The Island.

WTF I'LL KILL HIM MYSELF
 
2007-06-07 05:27:51 PM
robsul82: Michael Bay, however, said no to Scarlett Johansson when she wanted to go topless for The Island.

You.. uhh.. got his address?
 
2007-06-07 06:04:05 PM
Lets see, the NHL thought that the whole Tocchet thing was bad, what do you think putting a team in Vegas could do?

Just love the thought of an arena filled with the other team's fans for every game, because you know that's what's happening. It's bad enough with Florida teams where the other team's fans decide that a road trip to Florida in the middle of winter is a good idea, but Vegas? Everybody's going to be road tripping there.

/not that that's a bad thing for other team's fans
 
2007-06-07 08:00:32 PM
Michael Bay, however, said no to Scarlett Johansson when she wanted to go topless for The Island.

DIRKA DIRKA JIHAD!
 
2007-06-07 08:18:55 PM
rynthetyn I guaran-damn-tee you the Vegas games will be off the board. And have you checked out our population stats lately. We can fill a smaller-sized arena with locals no problem. Baseball and football, probably not so much.
 
2007-06-07 08:49:00 PM
dletter: Lets assume Nashville moves back to Winnipeg

Let's not. Winnipeg doesn't have the market to support it. They've had their chance. It would be better off in Saskatoon.

As for Vegas, have the Thunda from Down Unda guys entertain and the women will sell out the place.
 
2007-06-07 09:27:42 PM
Tonight on CSI, Gill Grisom will disect the death of another NHL Game. Tonight's guest star is Wayne Betsky and his purse er... wife Janet
 
2007-06-07 09:40:47 PM
Polartank13

That assumes that you actually can put together 20,000 people who will buy tickets before people from Toronto/Buffalo/Montreal/New York/etc. buy tickets first. It takes time to build a fanbase, and in the meantime, I'd be willing to put down money that your building is going to be almost entirely filled with a combination of vacationers who have bought tickets months in advance because they see it as no different than catching a show, and with fans from northern climates who want to road trip to Vegas.
 
2007-06-07 09:41:44 PM
In a previous moving thread when Vegas came up... the one thing I think would be an interesting idea...

You build a Vegas Casino/Hotel around an ice rink. The seats are equipped with doodads that will let you make NTN QB1 style bets as the game is going on, or on random stats to ocur (ie who wins next faceoff, gets next shot, next penalty, etc).

In the offseason, you've got a good sized concert/event venue. Or just plop slots down where the ice was, and that'll be a bit of a draw for hockey fans to go gamble right were the players were :P
 
2007-06-07 11:19:10 PM
the league will not expand...
and it does not sound like they will
 
2007-06-07 11:26:26 PM
Doesn't have a snowballs chance in hell.
 
2007-06-08 12:13:08 AM
Contraction before expansion.

But of course, that's just my opinion.
 
2007-06-08 12:19:45 AM
DRC500free: Just thought I'd pop in to let you know that everyone reading your comment thinks you are a douchebag.

Yes, I can see by the ovewhelming reaction in the thread I really must have pissed in the sandbox.

Or maybe you just need to lighten up.
 
2007-06-08 12:24:14 AM
Gah! Make Bruckheimer buy Atlanta or Florida or something and move it to LV if he want a team there so bad. The league doesn't need any more teams!

/and bring back the old division names dammit!
//and get off my lawn!
 
2007-06-08 12:49:19 AM
goddamhippie
Gah! Make Bruckheimer buy Atlanta or Florida or something and move it to LV if he want a team there so bad. The league doesn't need any more teams!


Between the two, please let it be the Stinkin' Panthers. The Lightning were supposed to be the only team in Florida, but then a year later Bettman drank the Wayne Huizenga koolaid and gave him a team, which has been mismanaged ever since. Unfortunately, given that track record, Bettman's probably going to be awed by Bruckheimer's money and will give him an expansion team.

/Miami's one of the worst sports markets in the country
//stupid bandwagoners probably wouldn't even notice that the team was gone
 
2007-06-08 01:41:11 AM
I'm a long-time hockey fan and would LOVE to see the NHL in Vegas. Mayor Goodman's been promising for years to get us a major sports team here. Please, after the debacle of the All-Star game last February, anything but the NBA!

Though I know that, popularity-wise, hockey is behind synchronized swimming and curling, I, for one, would go to the games. Especially when my favorite team visits.

But expansion is NOT a good idea. Better to bring one of the teams from a weak market than expansion right now.

For God's sake, the league doesn't even have the ratings to beat American Idol.

/bitter
//but hopeful
///go Oilers!
 
2007-06-08 02:40:41 AM
robsul82: Michael Bay, however, said no to Scarlett Johansson when she wanted to go topless for The Island.

Thus, it is clear that Bay must die.


I know she's hot and all but isn't it well-proven that PG-13 movies make more money than R movies?

Bay is so inconsistent, though. Bad Boys 1 and 2 were awesome. The Rock was awesome. Pearl Harbor and Armageddon were big steaming piles. I have to figure the Transformers movie is going to suck.

Are the Parts: The Clonus Horror people still suing him or did that get settled?
 
2007-06-08 02:41:27 AM
Ladies and gentlemen, playing the Las Angeles Kings, please welcome your 2012 "Las Vegas Strippers".

/named after Las Vegas Blvd of course
//wait until you see the mascot
 
2007-06-08 02:48:05 AM
Yeah, and that strategery really proved it worked when The Island unmercifully flopped. A R-rated movie, with tits and all, that kicked it ass up and down theaters that same summer, with only one week head start on The Island?

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2007-06-08 09:57:15 AM
This is all well and good but the first step to bringing hockey back is to deal with Bettman in a long term manner.

Maybe Chris Pronger can hit him with one of those 'clean' hits he keeps getting suspended for.
 
2007-06-08 01:08:25 PM
Polartank13
We already have the AA level Wranglers here at the Orleans Arena. I will keep that, tyvm. Cheap tix, cheap food & alcohol, and very fan-friendly.


Seconded. The Wranglers games are the best! No way I'd pay more to see a less than mediocre team try to make it in the NHL only to see the team moved in less than 2 seasons.
 
2007-06-08 02:51:32 PM
vegaswench: For God's sake, the league doesn't even have the ratings to beat American Idol.

you're gonna be screwed if you wait for ratings to beat American Idol. That's almost like expecting them to beat the Super Bowl ratings.
 
2007-06-08 05:14:56 PM
For God's sake, the league doesn't even have the ratings to beat American Idol.

Um, are you smoking crack? Why are you trying to compare it to the most popular show on TV?

The league doesn't have the ratings to beat "How to build a better burger" on Food Network (this is actually true, game one on VS was beat by that).
 
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