With the right leadership...sure why not. See LA Kings...considering our line up supersedes theirs...granted the reffing has to be world class and fair and equitable playing on a level playing field. If the modus operandi of the NHL was actually based on let the best man win/skill/ability...then hell ya....if it's based on who's in need of some fans...well then Canucks don't have a chance in hell if the NHL/refs can do anything about it...I believe they're one in the same. So much for objective/proper regulation.
A sure way to turn off real sports fans is shady/fixed operations unless you're in the WWE business. Real sports fans appreciate good competition and watching players exhibit insane skill...win or lose as long as it was a hard fought battle and an exciting game...that's what captures their attention...kids trying to emulate them...getting out in the community....that will generate true/long lasting hard core sports fans not bandwagon fans who only come around during a successful run then disappear when the run is over. Before Bure came around, I had no interest in watching hockey. All I saw was a bunch of guys skating around...kind of boring actually but when I saw Bure play...boy was he exciting to watch so then I started paying attention. It's like when the Sedins play in the eastcoast, you can hear the excitement and the awe from the fans. That is entertaining hockey! I should also note, my ex a hard core Canucks fan continued to watch, follow, listen to hockey on the radio despite Canucks years of not so good/successful era. That is the making of a fan for life.
Edited by Mauii, 28 February 2013 - 06:07 PM.