Monday, January 29, 2007

Summit Series 2?

According to Sportsnet, Russian goalie-great Vladislav Tretiak wants to see another Summit Series.

Tretiak, who starred in goal for the former Soviet Union squad in the '72 series that gripped the hockey world, said Monday he hopes to propose a new eight-game event to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

"This year is important for us because 35 years ago we played -- four games in Canada and four games in Russia," said Tretiak, now president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation. "I'd like to see us make eight games again.

"I would like to talk to Gary Bettman. Maybe a little bit later."

Tretiak and Gary Bettman were both in Montreal tonight to witness the retiring of Ken Dryden's jersey.
What are your thoughts? Would you approve of another series? Would it ruin or take away from the sacred Series of 1972? Obviously, nothing will ever compare to 1972, but you have to at least drool a little over the possibilities.
One thing is for sure: there won't be a Summit Series 2 if Russia keeps refusing to co-operate with the player transfer deal.



At January 29, 2007 at 11:39 p.m. , Blogger Reality Check said...

It's the only type of series that would interest me quite frankly. The World Cups and Olympics bore the Hell out of me. This would be teams that could gel and compete at the highest of levels.

Will it happen?

It's doubtfull! How many American team owners would agree to their players to play, knowing it has little benefit to the U.S. and the NHL in general.

It's unfortunate.

I could see a 2 of 3, Canada - US series winner playing a Euro champion in a best of 7. That might be the only way it would get sold.

Nice if it happens!

At January 30, 2007 at 1:17 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

"knowing it has little benefit to the U.S. and the NHL in general."

I had the same thought as well. But....fuck 'em, to put it harshly.
I like your concept though: Can-US, then the winner takes on Europe.
The rivalry wouldn't be there as much for Canada-Russia now. Russians have infiltrated the NHL now, and in alot of ways the us against them mentality is lost.

At January 30, 2007 at 5:20 a.m. , Blogger Reality Check said...

"..but fuck 'em"

I hear ya, but they decide, LOL.

I think if it ever gets pulled off, we'll there is still lots of rivalry left. Hopefully Cherry is around to get in on the act.

At January 30, 2007 at 8:44 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Yeah, Cherry has a way of boosting Canadian pride!
I'd be into a Canada-Russia Series. Save the other countries for the World Cup and Olympics. Then again, in '72, Russia was the 2nd best hockey country. That is debateable now. How about those Czechs and Swedes?
The Summit Series 2 would obviously be for rematch reasons for the most part.

At January 30, 2007 at 12:23 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

The Russians aren't really our enemy any longer, so that would take some of the animosity out of it. Perhaps if we traveled to Kabul and played a Summit Series against the terrorists, it would be something our nation could rally around.

I like how Tretiak said he dreams of seeing his grandson playing for the Habs. That's pretty cool, if you ask me.


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