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Poll: Would you support replacement Canucks (109 member(s) have cast votes)

Would you watch replacement players in Canuck uniforms

  1. Yes, at games and on TV (12 votes [11.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

  2. Only on TV (17 votes [15.74%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.74%

  3. No, not at all (79 votes [73.15%])

    Percentage of vote: 73.15%

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#1 Brick Tamland

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:01 AM

I for one am not on either players or owners side this lockout. Previously I liked the players position, but this time around I just want to see the jerseys on the ice.

Bring on the replacement players. Let the league test out some rule changes on them. Larger nets, 4 on 4 etc...
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:03 AM

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If they brought in replacement players their is a good chance I'd never watch hockey EVER again
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:27 AM

I would not watch it.

I watch the NHL to watch the PLAYERS of the NHL.

Edited by Squeak, 03 October 2012 - 11:31 AM.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:29 AM

I'd give it a shot, definitely.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:33 AM

no. bad idea all the way
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:37 AM

Sick. this is worse than replacement refs in the NFL

I don't see how you can enjoy this crap.

Although its the jersey that you may cheer for - it's also the players who wear it that bring so much to the game and to us. Their dedication, work, and time into this (yes I know they make mega bucks - but we pay to see this) - also who they are and what they do in the community.

These replacement players is just a way for the NHL to keep putting money in their pockets and having dumb fans follow it.

If you really want the NHL back just wait - don't fall into their stupid pit traps. Go to junior league games instead! (Giants, Heat games)
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:07 PM

This is the leagues way of dealing with it..if so I'm done with the NHL ! What a joke..greed greed greed an now it's all about politics I hope all the players stay in the khl and other random leagues so if they do do this they lose lose lose money, you greedy fracks

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:08 PM

No way. It's not just the jerseys that I cheer for, it's also the players in them. Having sub-NHL calibre players in NHL jerseys is not what I want to watch. I'd rather watch the AHL or CHL.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:09 PM

Why would I want to watch a bunch of NHL and European League rejects?
Especially for what I'm sure would still be the most expensive option around.
I would much rather go to a WHL or AHL game.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:13 PM

If you want to watch "replacement" players, why not just go watch the Giants instead of putting players at their level in Canucks jerseys and pretending it's the same?

Teams may change over the years as players come and go, but that doesn't mean that players are simply human plugs filling out a jersey for a short time. I, and I'm sure lots of others, watch the Canucks not because the jersey they wear is awesome (though it is!) but because they are among the best in the world. Ignoring their talent, dedication, and years of training and pretending that they are replaceable with any guy willing to skate in their place doesn't make it true. I'm all for supporting other levels of hockey, especially with the dollars we would have spent on the NHL if there's a long shutout, but support those players for who they are at the level they're at instead of telling them they're only good enough to be "replacements" for the people you'd rather be watching.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:17 PM

i for one would love to see this. it would show how good/strong the marketing department not only for the Canucks, but for every NHL organization as well as the leauge is
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:21 PM

This idea floats around ever work stoppage. The notion is ridiculous just like the players forming their own league. If the NHL wants to be the best league in the world it needs the best players in the world, if the players want to be regarded as the best they need to play in the NHL. There is no substitution or alternative.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:28 PM

This idea floats around ever work stoppage. The notion is ridiculous just like the players forming their own league. If the NHL wants to be the best league in the world it needs the best players in the world, if the players want to be regarded as the best they need to play in the NHL. There is no substitution or alternative.


Agree with the first part of your statement about the NHL needing the best players but I don't agree with the second bit. IF every player in the NHLPA decided to form or join a different league won't that league instantly become the best league in the world? Therefore, the players would still be playing against other world class players and still be regarded as the best. The fans I think would follow the players and not the league, assuming of course that all ellite players leave the league in mass.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:54 PM

if its cheaper then a WHL ticket which it wont be
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:55 PM

Replacement players wouldn't do much good for the fans; the quality of hockey would be abysmal. It would be fun, however, if every team held a tryout camp and developed a roster based on a combination of amateur and professional players. Any free agents with prior junior or professional hockey experience should be eligible if this were to occur. For sports fans, it would be a tremendous reality television experience akin to The Contender or The Ultimate Fighter. I assume it would allow the best of these players to audtion for tryouts the following season when the NHL would be operating normally again.

The one issue would be with competition for the Stanley Cup. I'm sure the NHL would not award the Stanley Cup at the end of the postseason; otherwise, for the remainder of eternity, there would be an enormous asterisk next to that year's championship team.

The NHL would need to treat this as a temporary solution. They certainly would not be market this as the return of the highest level of hockey on the planet. Instead, there would have to be incentive for fans to look forward to the next season. It would generate some revenue and provide the NHL with some extra time to negotiate or hold out. A gimmick like this might work.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:43 PM

Agree with the first part of your statement about the NHL needing the best players but I don't agree with the second bit. IF every player in the NHLPA decided to form or join a different league won't that league instantly become the best league in the world? Therefore, the players would still be playing against other world class players and still be regarded as the best. The fans I think would follow the players and not the league, assuming of course that all ellite players leave the league in mass.

You're missing the fact that hundreds of million of dollars has gone into advertising the brand of NHL hockey. NHL and hockey are synonomous with one another. Start up another league even with the best of players and its fate will be the same as the roller hockey league.

Most NHL teams already have contracts with the arena in their cities or even own the arenas so already you can exlude 30 cities in NA from having new startup teams unless they want to be playing at the community rinks.

Next most people are loyal to their teams, not the players. Did Canuck fans instantly become Islander fans when Linden was traded or Panther fans when Bure was or Shark fans when Patrick White.. nm that last one lol. The answer is No and the reason is because they have bought into the team, the NHL franchise not the individual players.

A startup league would cost the players millions out of their own pockets to start. Do you really think the players have the will? Honestly?

No these players are stars because of the NHL, because of the advertising and tv deals and constant promotion etc. the NHL has. The players need the NHL just as much imo.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:45 PM

Every time I hear "replacement players", I can't help but picture Keanu Reeves.


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:56 PM

They should just air all the CHL games somehow, I'm sure tons of fans would start watching that. The world juniors is my favorite hockey, the young players play at a way better pace and with more energy.

I can barely watch the NHL the first couple weeks after the world juniors because it seems to go at such a slower pace and I get bored. It would be fun watching the top prospects and stuff and would make the winter A LOT more enjoyable with some hockey to watch.

Edited by TheGame., 03 October 2012 - 02:57 PM.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 03:11 PM

Only if those players include the likes of Brandon Reid, Jason King and other players I once adored but have since dropped off the face of the Earth.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 03:56 PM

Only if the Canucks can have their regular roster and every other team has replacement players...

We then go 82-0 and cruise to a Stanley Cup going 16-0! :)
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 04:11 PM

Hell no. Replacement players in a lockout would be a complete sham and an utter disgrace for the league.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 04:13 PM

we should have chara do slapshots with bettman in net. Make it a charity event. I guarantee it will garner millions of dollars in revenue
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 04:21 PM

how much are tickets gonna be??? and season ticket holders gonna be piss if they have to pay full price.. even 1/2 price is too much
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:02 PM

i would be against replacement players if i had season tickets and paying the premium price for a replacement roster. However i would watch a few on tv. Right now i am watching live University hockey which is almost at the ahl level for $10 for adult and $3 for student (Our university team is one of the best in the country annually).
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:16 PM

No.

Makes as much sense as....


Edited by Ghostsof1915, 03 October 2012 - 05:29 PM.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:23 PM

We watch replacement players every year.

There may not be the same quality as the upper end players, but the bottom ones are interchangeable.

I for one am not on either players or owners side this lockout. Previously I liked the players position, but this time around I just want to see the jerseys on the ice.

Bring on the replacement players. Let the league test out some rule changes on them. Larger nets, 4 on 4 etc...


I used to be on the players side, but now I feel it's mostly their fault (for the lockout not up till now).

Afterall it is the owners money, they can do with it what they want.

I'm just confused. Why couldn't this be worked on over the past 7 years. They knew it was coming.

If you have a star player coming to the end of his contract, don't you want to extend it before it expires?
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:20 PM

Patrick White still has a shot!!!!
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:31 PM

This is just more proof of how poorly current NHL top brass understand how to expand interest in the US. Take struggling US franchises, subject them to a 2nd lost season, and then actually propose to put a vastly inferior product on the ice?

How can the owners possibly continue to support Bettman? He is killing the franchises that MIGHT of finally had a fighting chance they might build a fan base after the last lost season by threatening to wipe out another season (kiss that season ticket holder base you've struggled to build goodbye) and then turn it into charging admission to watch the practice squad.

If the NHL Players association is paying any attention, the NHL is all but offering them the chance to desert the League and start up one of their own. And given this bs, I think that's exactly the ball they should play. Tell the owners that either they fire Bettman and get down to the business of settling this thing, or kiss their league goodbye.

Edited by Day one, 03 October 2012 - 06:45 PM.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:40 PM

There is zero % chance of this ever happening There are labour rules in place that have way to many restrictions to allow this to happen. For instance. No american's could play on canadian team and canadian on american teams. Europeans wouldn't be allowed to play in north america. There's also a bunch of issues with players crossing the board. It would take months since the NHLPA would oppose to this and take it to court. So basically you'd get a hand full of canadian teams with only canadian born players. And this isn't to mention the majority of the sponsorships wouldn't be necessarily picked up do to the lack of teams and quality.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 07:02 PM

Bring the ahl players :P
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