Fansided Friday Five

Its another Fansided Friday where we take a look around the league and see what is happening in other NHL cities around the country from a Fansided perspective.  Our first stop on this weeks tour brings us to Florida, where we pop in to see how the fans of the Tampa Bay Lightning are dealing with the hockey blackout that is reaching its second full week.

Fans in Tampa are preparing for their 20th anniversary year; and have Rolling Thunder to keep their hockey appetites sated.  Fans can follow the tour around Tampa Bay.  The coolest thing the Lightning are doing is giving fans a reward card at each stop, fans that follow the tour truck through all 20 stops have a chance to win front row tickets to an upcoming Tampa Bay home game.  While it’s unlikely that any of those will be played in 2012-2013; you never what tomorrow will bring.

Every hockey team has its quirks – its a very superstitious game.  How about turning your favorite hockey teams broadcast into a drinking game?  While many of us in Buffalo already do this (wait – we just drink because its Harry Neal in the broadcast booth, never mind), the guys over at Octopus Thrower have developed a drinking game not based on the Detroit Red Wings, but rather, the Detroit Red Wings broadcast team.  Interesting rules – and probably a very easy way to drink yourself one too many brews during a Detroit Red Wings game.

Does Jared Crozier from SenShot have a valid point about salaries and love of the game?  While the NHLPA has demanded through their labor talks with the NHL that they deserve a big piece of the pie – and that they deserve to get paid, many stars are jumping the pond to play in European and Russian leagues for drastically reduced salaries because of their love of the game and the need/want to keep themselves in hockey shape.  While I think the argument for them playing for free is a valid one, I don’t think the reduced salary point is a negative mark on the NHLPAs ability to conduct negotiations for the highest dollar amount – these guys are going to seek out and play for what they can so that when the NHL season does kick off, they will come and be in the best shape possible, as opposed to sitting in their living rooms not getting into shape.

Our Oil on Whyte staff brings great news and opinions about the Oilers and the NHL – but when sarcasm and wit need to rule supreme; they can throw down with the best of them.  Read here the ten positives Oiler fans can expect from this lockout.

Alex Ovechkin has joined many NHL stars heading across the ocean to play in either the KHL or another European league.  On his way out the door, he had some threatening words for those left at the bargaining table.  Could his threats be true?  If the lockout lasts too long will players not return?  The league lost an entire season last time and all of the major players returned to the NHL.  It could be just number 8 being number 8 – or does he have the voice of some of his league mates that are tired of lockout after lockout?

Topics: Fansided, Lockout, NHL

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