Dallas Stars Daily Links: Ad Nauseam on Jersey Ads
Everyone has an opinion on the possibility of ads going on jerseys. Plus, a look at why it’s hard to analyze goalies, and a walk down memory lane with the league’s best rivalries.
In the comments of Wednesday's links, most of you guys gave a rousing chorus of boos to the idea that ads could soon be a part of jerseys across the league. Since TSN announced the Adidas deal, plenty of people and players have sounded off on the issue.
Tyler Seguin talked with TSN about his opinion, which the Dallas Morning News transcribed. (There's a video here, for those of you in the appropriate region.)
"I played in (Biel) Switzerland during the lockout. Our team had a lot of Skoda (a Czech auto manufacturer). My car was a Skoda and it had our team name plastered all over it. There was a number of different things (hawked on the sweater), tire companies, car stuff and some kind of lunch meat.
"I'm not really with it or against it....Ì think (ads) would grow. Personally, I'm going to do my best no matter what I'm wearing. We'll see how the fans react to them."
Fingers crossed for lunch meat, am I right?
The Jets' Blake Wheeler felt a little more strongly than Seguin.
An NHL uniform is a sacred thing and it's an honor to wear one. Putting corporate sponsors on the front would tarnish that. Don't do it— Blake Wheeler (@BiggieFunke) August 18, 2015
Meanwhile, the Leafs Nation thinks ads won't be a problem and helpfully provided a few suggestions for which teams should get which ones.
And the folks at USA Today think the whole thing is inevitable.
It's a nice sentiment Wheeler is expressing, but a bit naive. NHL jerseys already include a small Reebok logo and the league has agreed to test corporate advertising on jerseys at the World Cup of Hockey in September.
Plus, most NHL teams already have lucrative marketing and sponsorship deals with corporate partners that are essential to their financial well-being. Take, for example, the LA Kings relationship with McDonalds during their 2013-2014 season.
Feel free to keep the discussion going, and check out more on why we should just resign ourselves to players becoming walking, talking billboards. [USA Today]
Mark Stepneski has a few more details on The Hockey News' list of the league's top 50 players, which included both Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. [Stars]
Yahoo Sports released its top 100 fantasy player ranking, and Benn and Seguin both cracked the top 10. [Puck Daddy]
Former Stars player and current Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and child endangerment on Thursday while driving his 12-year-old son to a hockey game. Sydor reportedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.30, nearly four times the legal limit. Police took Sydor's son to his hockey game. [KSTP.com]
Surprise, surprise, the Central Division is the toughest in the league. [The Hockey Writers]
Over at Grantland, Sean McIndoe dishes on the league's best rivalries, both old and new. [Grantland]
Why is so hard to measure how good goalies are? Travis Yost explains. [TSN]
And speaking of goalies…
Congrats to the #Pens front office dek team, @TeamIcelandD2! Tonight they got a little boost from Crosby and @armdog. pic.twitter.com/M7Fz65b3l5— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) August 19, 2015
And speaking of actual goalies, the Lightning have found a good one in Andrei Vasilevskiy. [SI]
Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly has had his impaired driving case adjourned until September 10. [The Score]
No matter what the NHL says, Alex Ovechkin is planning to be at the 2018 Winter Olympics. [The Hockey News]
From Jiri Tlusty to Cody Franson, the best of who's left in free agency. [Sportsnet]
There's been plenty of speculation on who's poised to have a breakout season in 2015-16. Now, take a look at who might be taking a few steps backward. [Bleacher Report]
There might not be one recipe for success in the NHL, but Eyes on the Prize takes a shot at what the ideal ingredients are. [EOTP]
NHL legend Brian Sutter talks life on the farm. [Globe and Mail]
And finally, it looks like Tyler Seguin is dishing out some revenge.
.@tseguinofficial pranked @Cabbie back. #CAMP pic.twitter.com/4x5almGMcT— BioSteel (@BioSteelSports) August 20, 2015