Cap'n Clutch wrote:This World Cup of Hockey format is lame. I haven't watched a single minute of it. Team North America? Plays both anthems? Team Europe? Doesn't even have an anthem? What the hell? Seriously? Why have this tournament? I guess because it's making them money. We have the Olympics to see which country is the dominant power in the sport. This thing is a joke and as was stated, it'll ruin a team's season potentially due to injuries.
The format is fine: round robin plus a playoff at the end. That's pretty normal and it makes sense. People have been pooping on Team North America and Team Europe, but I like the idea for both. Both are very competitive and very entertaining to watch. The Olympics is every four years and NHLers may not even go to the next one. This takes place prior to the season which makes a lot of sense. The hockey has been great...people just aren't in the "mood" for it because it's happening before the NHL season is in full swing so nobody's gone back to "hockey mode" yet.
The one issue is going to be injuries, but as long as it's not Karlsson, it's all good.