The NHL is on break until the end of February, and Philadelphia Flyers Chairman Ed Snider hates that idea. Multiple media outlets have reported that Snider let rip on the Winter Olympics.
This comes as no surprise to me. Only a few days ago I wrote an article saying that the Olympics are Bad News For The NHL. In that article I said that the Flyers should not be happy about an Olympic break, and it seems that are beyond up set. Snider summed up how he feels by saying “I hate them”. Here is a quote from Foxnews.com .
It’s ridiculous, the whole thing is ridiculous. I don’t care if it was in Philadelphia, I wouldn’t want to break up the league. I think it’s ridiculous to take three weeks off, or however long it is, in the middle of the season. It screws up everything.
This statement may be based in part due to the financial hit teams like the Flyers will take from not playing for three weeks, or it could just frustration. Whatever the reason Snider came with a series round-house punches. Here is an example of Sniders feelings found on lacrossetribune.com .
Q. Is that only when it’s on the other side of the world, or any time?
I don’t care if it was in Philadelphia, I wouldn’t want to break up the league. I think it’s ridiculous to take three weeks off or however long it is in the middle of the season. It screws up everything.
Q. Would you like to see a return to the World Cup format?
I’d like to see anything other than the Olympics. I mean, I hate‘em.
Q. Do you think most of the league agrees with you at this point?
I don’t know. I haven’t taken a poll, but how can anybody be happy breaking up your season? No other league does it. Why should we?
I don’t blame any one in the NHL for not being happy about the Winter Olympics, but the fact of the matter is the Players and Owners agreed to this. I respect that someone had the guts to lay their feelings on the line, but it’s a bit like crying over spilled milk. What’s done is done. The only thing I want to know is how do Flyers fans feel about the break?