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Replacement Players - Support?

Would you support replacement Canucks   108 members have voted

  1. 1. Would you watch replacement players in Canuck uniforms

    • Yes, at games and on TV
      12
    • Only on TV
      17
    • No, not at all
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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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I would not watch it.

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

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

"Everybody, settle down... I got this"

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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.

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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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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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