Thursday, February 17, 2005

The death of hockey blogging?

So, I have a question to pose to the many online hockey pundits that frequent here: does the end of the NHL season mean the end of hockey blogging for this year?

How are things going to be affected? Are people going to still be interested? I'm hoping this can be a thread for discussion in the comments section on this issue. Let's hear your thoughts.


At 3:36 p.m., February 17, 2005, Blogger Brett Mirtle said...

It will definitely slow down, but there's so much hockey going on outside of the NHL world and there's alot of fodder left for the die-hards.

As for the casual fan? Well, the start of baseball could spell the end of their attention.

Some may even believe that the NHL isn't really done for this season. Just look at Eklund's blog. He's still reporting that a deal could be imminent.

At 4:21 p.m., February 17, 2005, Anonymous David said...

Things won't slow down too much as long as there's some hockey being played and we get to bitch about no deal being done. The killer would be having a deal completed in a couple of months and having other leagues come to an end - that would lead to a seriously slow summer, unless they don't have the draft situation settled by then... and if they settled that, then perhaps the new play changes the NHL could put in place... or the new schedule... or how the public will react to a new deal/no deal... or whether a team will move after sale... well, you get the point. We'll keep coming up with plenty of topics.

At 6:50 p.m., February 17, 2005, Blogger Matt Saler said...

Like Brett said, it will definitely be a lot slower. I've already been in a "low power" mode and now there will be even less to post about. I still plan on keeping the site updated, when there are things to update it with. There'll be news down the road. I'm looking forward to the day when I can get back to posting daily, though.

At 8:42 p.m., February 17, 2005, Blogger John F. said...

Hockey BLogging has been hurting since this summer -- slowed down to a doldrum and that doldrum lasted. There weren't even negotiations at one point so it was hard enought o speculate or comment about the league, or yoru team or whatever.

Personally I think hockey blogging will survive but it will take on different forms from some of the better writers... More general sprots talk, some college and prep hockey talk (PJ at Sharkspage is great at that), and some btter rantings in the echoes of this lost seaosn from some of the other bloggers out there.

I'm almost scared about how the blog community will react when hockey returns -- I mean, the focus has been off games for a while now and goings-ons with the league and what not. Will we report well when / if things return? Will we WANT to report when thigns return?

At 10:14 p.m., February 17, 2005, Anonymous Mike M said...

Even though I'm a more general sports blog, the Sens are, or should I say were, my bread and butter as far as material goes. Things are just starting to pick up on the Renegades side, and the Lynx don't start for another while. I've been watching the 67s closely this year, but I don't often feel compelled to write about them. There's a 67s blog that fills that niche very well already.

Since I have no interest in writing about the lockout, my blog has already mostly been on life support since the Grey Cup finished. Maybe things will pick up again with some CFL free agent action.

At 11:11 p.m., February 17, 2005, Blogger jrf said...

A lot of people across north america are able to deal with the NHL lockout by following any minor league, college, junior, or high school teams that are in their area.

But when you live in Tampa, there's the Lightning and there's a couple of local rinks where the 3rd and 4th lines are still learning how to skate.

Web logging in this area these days means talking about football, baseball, basketball, or politics.

There is no other hockey.

And we are the defending Stanley Cup Champions.

At 10:57 a.m., February 18, 2005, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

Well, I know I haven't had problems finding things to talk about during the usually doesn't take much to get me talking about hockey, anyway :)

I'll just keep up with the EuroUpdates, the WCs, some junior hockey, some more CBA bitching, and who knows what else...

Hockey Blogging is still small potatoes compared to baseball blogging, so it certainly won't grow until the NHL starts up again

At 2:50 a.m., February 23, 2005, Anonymous Casey said...

It'll slow down. But to be honest, I think things are just getting interesting. If the league is serious about replacement players then there will be a lot of legal wrangling over the summer. Should be lots of quotes to dissect.

There's also the impending mutiny in the NHLPA to pontificate on.


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