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Report: NHL, NHLPA divided on European games in 2014-15

Oct 22, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT

NHL Premiere Series - Stockholm

Before the last lockout (from 2007-08 to 2011-12), the NHL would kick off its seasons with a “Premiere” series of games in Europe. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun presents an interesting report that indicates the league and NHLPA present differing views on whether it’s wise to bring those games back in 2014-15.

LeBrun reports that league sources fear that they’d merely “shoehorn” the games it for the sake of playing them in Europe. Instead, they’d reportedly rather wait to do it “in a more meaningful fashion” and “make it part of a bigger plan.”

On the other hand, the players union wants to keep exploring options, arguing that it’s an “important tool” to generate exposure.

One can see the argument from both sides, so we’ll see how it goes. There can be special moments – especially when the league can line things up so a local hero plays in front of his hometown fans in his NHL uniform – but it’s also important to do it the right way.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Still not a fan of them. However it should only be four teams: 2 from the east and 2 from the west.

  2. csilojohnson - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    No.. Dont do it. Will just be yet another game blacked out on NHL Gamecenter.

    • charlieconway96 - Oct 23, 2013 at 2:15 AM

      Those black outs destroy my soul. Especially when there’s only 2 or 3 games in a night and one is the Lightning vs Panthers… Or pretty much anything involving the Jets.

  3. earpaniac - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Hockey is the one sport I can believe someday having conferences on different continents.

  4. kicksave1980 - Oct 22, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Csilojounson- if you’re having trouble with blackouts, check out unblock-us. It’s the best $5/month I spend every hockey season. I don’t have cable, and can’t watch the nationally broadcast games, So I was in the same boat until I stumbled upon their service.

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