PHR Chat With Gavin Lee: 04/27/17
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Gavin Lee
6:52
What would you like to see beside Toews Hawks Fan?
Sports Fanatic
6:52
How does the NHL compare to the rest of the 4 major leagues?
Gavin Lee
6:53
That's a big question.

My personal feeling is that the NHL will never become more than the regional sport it is. There can't be blanket coverage like the NFL, nor an ingrained cultural duty like the MLB.
6:54
That said, with the falling appetite for 4+ hour games, and a growing awareness of the dangers football can place on your body and mind (this coming from someone who played football growing up) there is an opportunity for the NHL to fill some of those gaps.
6:55
They need to be careful not to take all of the violence out--not talking about fighting, as it is somewhat of a sideshow that I think actually may hurt the optics of the league in many eyes--but embrace the speed and fitness the new generation is bringing to the game.
D'Brickashaw
6:56
Howdy
Gavin Lee
6:56
Howdy!
Sports Fanatic
6:56
Has there been much growth in popularity from the NHL?
Gavin Lee
6:56
It's hard to measure, because of the increasing rates of second-screen watchers. But the league is financially stable and has solid in-roads around the world in non-traditional hockey countries.
6:57
The game in the US is growing at the grass roots level, and players like Auston Matthews only accelerate that.
Hawks Fan
6:57
I'd love to see Hoss. I miss the good old days of Brandon Saad.
Gavin Lee
6:58
Saad is exactly the player he needs.
Doesn't have to be Patrick Maroon, but someone who can skate and be a presence.
Connor
6:59
I have the Browns trading up to take Trubisky at 2
Gavin Lee
6:59
Yuck.
They could get him at 10.
Connor
6:59
How many good years does Chara have left?
Gavin Lee
6:59
If I said zero..
D'Brickashaw
7:00
Do you like tostitos pizza rolls
Gavin Lee
7:00
You know I've never tried them.
Are they good?
D'Brickashaw
7:00
yes
Gavin Lee
7:00
I'm sold.
Traditionslist
7:00
How do you like the idea of removing the instigator penalty? In might reduce the amount of cheap shots as the offender will have to face the consequences.
Gavin Lee
7:01
I'm not sold it would. Offenders still have to "face the consequences" after every big hit, regardless of whether it's cheap or not.
You never see guys avoid going after people because of the instigator.
7:02
It's just that if Mitch Marner and William Nylander are your linemates, you probably have no one to stick up for you.
Sweden
7:02
I like the way that the NHL has been attempting to grow in Europe. The Global Series is a nice event.
Gavin Lee
7:02
It's definitely a cool thought. I'm not sure why they stopped doing the Europe games in the first place.
7:03
It'll suck if Landeskog gets traded after all their marketing..
Alright. That was great guys, but I'm going to go watch the draft.
7:04
Make sure you check out profootballrumors.com for all their amazing coverage. Zach knows more than anyone I've ever met about football.
Expansion
7:04
As travel time is reduced, could we see a multi continent NHL? (Far in the future)
Gavin Lee
7:05
Okay one more.
I think this is an in-place plan in NHL headquarters.
Or, if not an NHL a champions league of sorts.
I hope to see it one day.
Expansion
7:05
Thank you gavin.
Gavin Lee
7:06
Thank you guys! Listen to those booos..
Almost Bettman-esque.
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