Watching the coverage over the past few days of the chase for the Stanley Cup playoffs has certainly been entertaining. Vancouver’s entry into this year’s post season derby will provide interest in this market, as well as a nice economic boost for the bars and restaurants to the tune of about a million a night in the downtown core.
But are you buying the hype about the potential of five Canadian teams making the Stanley Cup playoffs? I for one am not.
Here is what we know; Montreal and Vancouver are in with Calgary, Winnipeg and Ottawa continuing to make noises. Every team has a story, but Sportsnet, who has a 5 billion dollar interest in the NHL pie, is making this out to be the start of some glorious run…not so fast.
Montreal of the five teams is the only clear cut contender, while if Vancouver does indeed draw Calgary in round one, they guarantee a Canadian team into the final eight. Then it gets dicey.
Add to that the loser factor. If your team goes out early, how much interest do you really have? There is so much to do here in BC, are you really going to watch Ottawa, or Calgary, or Winnipeg, and cheer for them. Not unless they make the Final.
Sportsnet is praying for five to get in because it helps their bottom line for at least two more weeks. Numbers are down for them this year and they need every chance to make their money back, which means they will hype the drive for five as long as they can.
If and when the Canucks eventually go to that playoff ice rink in the sky this year, we will turn our attention to other things. As much as we want to see a team from Canada to succeed in the playoffs, there is no way that unless it is the Vancouver Canucks that we will invest our time in someone else’s team.