What’s your unpopular hockey opinion?

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  1. Kamiccolo

    Kamiccolo Hockey is back

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    Wow. Can you name the wingers better than him in your opinion?
     
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    Most nhl players are replaceable. Even high end players.
     
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    I don’t want to change the amount of games a week. My idea is to spread the hockey season throughout the year. Think of it almost like tv shows how they go away for a bit and then come back for the season. Well it would be kind of like that but not as long as those shows take to come back but it does give them some kind of rest. And what you are really doing is just taking the time out of the offseason and injecting it into some of the season. Remember I said offseason still exists so I’m really just proposing that there be just a few gaps in the season instead of a long offseason.
     
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    in a similar vein pretty much everyone that says they don't like guys like Marchand and wouldn't want them on their team even if they mean it would feel very differently if they had gotten used to them over time ever since they were prospects
     
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    I am probably going to get frowned upon "which is sad", but I like fighting in hockey. From the hockey I started watching as a kid, it was just part of the game.
     
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    The talent /toughness line was always a difficult one to walk.Keep your head up was always the first rule. When I was young ,kids from my poor,rough neighborhoods found ways to make the team . Crushing the kid with new skates and equipment who had been to hockey school was one way to get noticed.It didn't always work,but if the talent wasn't there,well,it is a contact sport!

    I don't imagine there are many low income kids playing hockey today.(too expensive compared to other sports) Not that wealthy kids can't be tough,but kids from' have-not ' backgrounds used to be more motivated to succeed and fighting wasn't exactly a foreign concept in my neighborhoods back then. Now there are health reasons,legal issues why that is likely to never become a part of hockey. Now ,kids can play without the fear of getting 'beat up' on the ice. European hockey is this way,still good,just a different product being marketed is all. There is always Rugby to watch!!!
     
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    Owners would love this. Salary disclosure helps players get better deals.
     
  8. SmoggyTwinkles

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    I don't have a problem with Bettman nor the lockouts, in fact every CBA I always hope the league/teams get as much as they can and hold out until they get it.

    Sucks to have no NHL hockey for a long time, but it makes the game better IMO when the owners get their way.
     
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    Ovechkin has been the best player this decade.

    Playoffs should be shortened to 5 game series.
     
  10. JoeThorntonsRooster

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    The guys I wouldn’t bother to argue about:

    Kucherov
    Kane
    Ovechkin
    Draisaitl
    Marchand
    Stone
    Giroux
    Panarin
    Gaudreau
    Hall
    Marner
    Pastrnak

    That’s 12. And he can surpass a lot of them soon
     
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    Malkin has been a better player than Ovechkin.

    Bergeron's offensive abilities are extremely overrated because of who he plays with. He is not a top 5 center but definitely in the top 10, probably 8 or 9.
     
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    Canadians have it the hardest of all the fanbases.
     
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    Yes, an unpopular opinion. :help:
     
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    Bryzgalov should replace Don Cherry when he retires. I would watch the **** out of that Coaches Corner
     
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    Slavin is a top 5 dman in the league
     
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    Regular season needs to be shortened

    First round of playoffs best of 5

    Offside review only if the goal happens after a set amount of time

    Sidney Crosby is still the best all around player in the game
     
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    Ther is no such a thing as 200 foot player,if there was, he would have been one enormous human being
     
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    That seems to be a very popular opinion online.
     
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    1) The NHL might actually be too large.

    2) In the next several decades, the US will surpass Canada in terms of the quality of both its individual players and its national teams. In fifty years it wouldn't surprise me at all if men's best-on-best international competitions consisted of Team USA grabbing gold and everyone else fighting for silver. To keep things watchable the IIHF might restructure the competition as a Team USA vs Team World summit series.

    3) Less unpopular now with the decline of fighting than it was ten or fifteen years ago, but the idea of "The Code" always bothered me, much more so than hockey players punching each other in the face. What irked me was the idea that in the NHL(hockey's highest-level club league) in parallel with the official rule book, there was this unwritten rule book and that punishment for violation of these rules was to be meted out by the other team rather than the officials who were paid to keep order. To make matters worse, people couldn't seem to agree on what these unwritten rules actually were. Does any other top level league like the EPL, NFL, NBA operate this way?

    This led to absurd situations like players being forced to fight after what the official rules deemed a hard but legal hit on an opposing team's star player because "The Code" said you couldn't do that. The irony was that many of the people who praised such retaliation were the same people who feared the game was going to get wussified and that hitting was going to get taken out.

    4)The Buffaslug wasn't actually that bad.

    5) Retiring numbers is dumb.

    6) The CHL might not actually be the best way to develop hockey talent.

    7)Ditto for the USNTDP.

    8)Major Junior hockey should transition towards a system whereby players are openly paid according to their market value. It's ridiculous to think that John Tavares was worth as much to his junior teams as a fourth-liner. This wouldn't stop players from volunteering their services for free to a CHL team either. The lure of lucrative payouts to the Connor McDavid's of the world raises the possibility of pressure and exploitation of minor-aged players by their guardians, but other industries(like the entertainment industry) utilize such a system to get talented minors, so I think it's possible. As a safeguard, the CHL might institute a system whereby money earned by under-18 players(less living expenses) is placed in a trust until they reach 18.
     
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    It would certainly retain the incoherence we've all come to expect from it.
     
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    - Every team should have equal odds of winning draft lottery, and it is absolutely pathetic that people actively root for their team to lose so they have a chance at the welfare lottery. You should never be better off losing in any aspect of life, the fact this everybody gets a ribbon mentality has seeped its way into pro sports (which should be the ultimate meritocracy) is sad. The league should stop rewarding incompetence & failure, which goes on to ruin many stars who could've shined way brighter and grew the sport
    - Don Cherry is a legend
    - Offence is more important than defense
    - 3v3 & the shootout are great and no sports game should result in a tie
    - Ovechkin is the greatest player of all time, and players are so much better today that most legends from the past would not even be top 6 forwards today
    - Salary cap should be abolished
    - Carey Price is the most overrated player in the NHL
    - Toronto is a mediocre team & the insane media bias leads people to believe they're far better than they are
    - Namestnikov is top 10 in the league in terms of hockey IQ, maybe the absolute #1 highest IQ in the NHL but not the skills of other superstars.
    - Hockey culture is the best of any pro sport, and NHL players are much classier than any other league. And there are a lot of quirky traditions & stylistic things that show off hockey players personalities despite what some negative fans claim
    - Dynasties >>> Parody
    - Russian style of play is best of any nation
    - Andersen is an awful goalie, bottom 3 in NHL
    - Markstrom is the worst goalie in the NHL
    - Women's hockey is boring
    - It's dumb how people discount goalies as not being part of a team, a team plays bad and their goalie steals a game is treated as if it’s some third party who helped them out. It’s no different than a team playing bad and their star winger scoring a hat trick to make them win.
    - Star power > depth
    - It's stupid when people say X team would suck without X player, as if X player is a separate entity and doesn’t make up the team
    - JT Miller is the worst player in the NHL
     
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    Monahan is a good #1C and, contrary to what @ScrewNHLOfficiating believes, that does not make me a “Monahan stan” (LOL).
     
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    People take sports culture and tradition too seriously. Passion is great but it's the entertainment industry, players should be funny and say stupid stuff and not be plain bread. The whole "don't step on the logo" thing is idiotic. Don't put something on the floor if you don't want it walked on.
     
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    I somewhat agree with this.

    Fighting has its place, but the talentless goons don't, which is a little sad as they're the ones most likely to stop and talk to you to the point you kind of wish they ignored you.

    Any stories you hear about them, they're about how nice that goon was, or he was the linchpin of that team.

    As for my own personal, possibly unpopular opinion is that hockey is getting really boring really fast.

    I'm still invested in the habs and can sit and watch some of their games fully, but for the most parts games are just repetitive. Dump, chase, weak chance, clear/cover for face off.

    For me, I use to watch any team against any other team. Regular season was great playoffs were tremendous.

    Regular season is good, playoffs are great.

    Regular season is rather bland, playoffs are good.

    There's very little to no animosity left in the game.

    Right now I would say the only rivalry left is San Jose and Vegas.

    Toronto - Boston could very well go back to being nothing but two teams playing against each other with Kadri gone.

    Edmonton and Calgary had that game that got a little testy, but other than that the rest were rather bland games.

    Just 2 years ago California teams hated each other. Maybe if ducks and kings get better again it will come back, but not likely.

    Hockey so wants to get away from the scrums/brawls/fighting that they better find a way to improve goal scoring because right now pre-season might be the best hockey.
     
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    My unpopular opinion: NHL sucks
    My popular opinion: it's still the best league in the world
     

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