Monday, June 02, 2008

NHL Spring League?

Would this idea work?

The NBA already has it's summer league, in which teams consist of players who have been in the league for 3 years or less as well as newly drafted youngsters.

Would there be enough interest to watch the Bobby Schremp's or Marc-Antoine Pouliot's in July? Or will hockey fans, including Canadians, scoff at the notion and go back to their regularly scheduled baseball and barbeques?

It's an interesting concept put forth by former GM Mike Barnett. Perhaps the league should be limied to 10 teams, with 3 NHL teams sharing a summer league team. Perhaps venues should be limited to non-NHL cities and change annually, to keep the fan interest intact. Lots of possibilies, and in the sake of prospect development, this notion warrants further consideration.


doritogrande said...


*Returns to his beer and burger flipping*

Hockey is for when I have little else to do. In other words, when I should be studying. Summer means I can be outdoors drinking and running around, and I'll take that over watching a hockey game anyday.

LittleFury said...

I'd take a NHL summer league if they shortened the regular season so the playoffs ended in April. Downside: hearing more about Rob Schremp.

PunjabiOil said...

Downside: hearing more about Rob Schremp.

What's a little more among friends?