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Buffalo Sabres Daily: NHL15, Player Watch, Expansion

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Crowds and arena’s get facelift in NHL 15.  [Polygon]

If there was one thing that the EA Sports NHL franchise needed to do, was make their arena’s in the games more realistic, more lifelike, and not sound like the piped in sound that is the same for all NHL franchises – whether your having a good night or a bad night with your team.

And your in luck, nex gen console owners, because you will be getting the full game experience.  I would love to see if your attendance drops off if you mired in a nasty rebuilding period for those of you who play the career/general manager modes.

I just hope the “visiting” fan experience is equal to the distance between franchises.  It is not fathomable that two to three thousand people in Buffalo Sabres sweaters show up in Winnipeg or Calgary, but a good chunk of First Niagara Center will be filled with Maple Leafs jerseys.

Who are the ten most fascinating players to watch in the 2014-2015 season? [Puck Daddy].

Not this year Buffalo Sabres fans.  But maybe next year.  The most intriguing story line here is the case of Robert Luongo.  How will he handle the unstable environment of the Florida Panthers?  Can he lift the franchise on his shoulders and return them to the post season, or will he crack and find himself on the trade market again?  Has Florida made a wrong move bringing him back into the fold?

Florida is only two seasons removed from their first place finish in the old Southeast division.  Can the addition of Luongo be what the team needs to get back into the playoff picture?  More importantly, will the team in front of him support him enough.

Another era of NHL Expansion is upon us.  [Sports Illustrated].

Gary Bettman doesn’t want to reveal his cards just yet, which is why he is sticking to the story that the NHL is not ready for expansion.

If the NHL wasn’t ready for expansion, you wouldn’t have realigned your conferences to be uneven.

But you need more than just Las Vegas.  Don’t be surprised if Seattle and Las Vegas are brought in to round out the Western Conference.

But if reports are true, that Toronto and Quebec City will be getting franchises along with Seattle and Las Vegas, your still looking at uneven conferences.  It just might be an inevitability hockey fans have to deal with.

Toronto or Quebec City would most likely get a relocated franchise, possibly the Florida Panthers?  And does the NHL really have to concern itself with even conferences, despite it making the most sense?

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