ESQ wrote:That is very interesting coming from your part of the US. I'd have thought with St. Louis having such a great season the local hockey faithful would be heavily invested.
Going back to my NFL comparison and reading your post, maybe its because of the weakness of the Commissioner. The NFL owners are far more unified in public, and discipline against owners is also heavy. The NHL meanwhile keeps up its bush-league image by allowing a rogue's gallery buy teams (while keeping billionaire Canadian die-hard hockey fan out of the club), pandering to the inner circle of owners - Chicago, Boston, Toronto, etc. The idea of Toronto having a special exclusion zone that covers 1/3rd of the Canadian population, while Quebec had to share its province with another franchise, and apparently no compensation going to the Alberta teams when Winnipeg came in, makes me scratch my head.
The Blues fans are the ones still watching as they are obviously excited.
The NFL is far more unified in public on this front right now because of the 1186 players forming a class action lawsuit against the league because of concussions/head injuries and their aftermath (4 more players sued the NFL directly yesterday in direct response to the Saints bounty program). The NHL won't take it seriously until former concussed players and/or their families do the same thing and sue the LEAGUE. They are happy enough if a team, coaches and player gets sued like the Moore case but once all affected parties get together and sue the league the NHL will change it's tune. They've never been smart about things. Most leagues would look at the NFL issues and say "hmmm we should be preventative here", instead they've said "let's pretend we are preventative but in the end be reactive". Make no mistake about the NFL, if that collection of 1200 players didn't exist and weren't making trouble this bounty program thing would have been swept under the carpet. But they can't do that anymore.