Murray, Baker, Ratto look ahead to NHL season
Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray, CSN California Sharks analyst Douglas Murray, and Senior Insider Ray Ratto talk Sharks hockey.
You gotta deal. When to talk -- with a guy that really affected it is really affected by Douglas Murray the Sharks by my side Jamie baker. You hear on the radio you hear them. I'm pregame and postgame -- -- Comcast sports a California ray Reynolds sticks around as the same big hockey fan dub doesn't start with you how surprised are you. Then about to finally deal is done. I would say analysts. Very surprised -- get done -- had to get one done. Was. We'll suppress took this long but the -- have to know we're done. Do you think he could've been done earlier knowing all you know now do you think this deal that you guys finally struck -- he could happen a month earlier. Yeah I think that there should have been. -- earlier all right in the same plea deal points right now. Maybe not exactly but somewhat all right Jamie alone I -- get you in here to lock -- ago 48 game season how does it affect the play on the ice. It's like the playoffs you know you got about 56 games and you -- trying to get back into it you got some players have played over in Europe and then you got some players who haven't played so. Get into the systems and all that but all games are going to be four point games left and if you're not playing against teams in the other conference so. It matters it's it's almost like it caught the middle of the season there's like the first twenty games in the last 2530 games so. It's it's spread it's gonna be awesome hockey. Guys got to really be room watcher for injuries it's a little bit of the condensed schedule. But it peaks your interest from the get go. That's -- thing ready consonants what's essential last night may be more injuries because some guys who were playing competitively some guys are working out but that's not playing competitively how much can injuries the problem at this point. Well they can be at any point but I think that from the coaching staff and I think they can really talk about this and even you know Douglas you can talk about it. If if you're a forward to getting twenty to 22 minutes or Marleau and Joseph Thornton at the -- those types of players. You know right now like you might be played almost every other day. Can you sustain that over 48 games that's really tough so I think the depth players of third fourth liners committed to play a little bit more goaltending. You know when it's anything is compressed goaltending really comes to the forefront even more. You know what we started this by saying to lock outs to go today is the NHL the one league as a completely backwards completely wrong right now or they right. Another wrong. And if you're talking about the separate guys. Who thought that waiting three months to get essentially the only -- -- about celebrating our owners not power owners hardliners the guys who were in the room. Every day making this about Don Fehr rather than about making an -- They're the ones who haven't wrong. And they try to act Gary Bettman to be the designated -- on all of it. As a result they still end up getting the deal that they were gonna get before they're still stuck -- Don -- which they didn't want. And now they've got to deal with the commissioner who is more profoundly unpopular with fans and players and he was before. I think the next thing you're gonna see off the ice is a lot of moderate owners are gonna say you know what. We've gone through this too many times we gotta become the ones who operate this league not the guys who think it's 1930. Douglas how much do you and your teammates trust what the owners do right now. Well. I get a similar things to semi humorous book room we have great -- Then those slot on a great owners out there. And I think it's more. Falls from. The league office and -- I think to this little bit more distrustful of we felt it was slow on necessary to try to solve for as long as we did. You know it's fair deal now but -- should have been done earlier. You know the last lockout which lost an entire season everyone thought that the players got crushed. But you get crushed that you guys made up pretty well. We've we've been out pretty well with the the fact that the revenues -- you know we -- ourselves out of it and that's what we started deciding this one. All. I think to even do well again for the revenues keep on growing them. No we haven't -- the game too much with the the slot him that's another point the fans everyone in our business points -- like you got it how are you gonna get the fans to come back. Does there have to be an active process to reach out to those -- to say we're sorry come on back we're here to stay for ten years. I think it's it's more going to be it collectively everybody including the broadcasters. Especially you. This is actually this is actually from a broadcast December usually we of people going out there right now Douglas is an out because. Maybe I should supplement you know against him some of the broadcasters usually -- -- a good spot right now we're people and they're -- -- -- -- -- wrong. You look at a -- look at the last lockout you miss a year. Everybody. It worked. Together to bring the sport back and it came back better than it's ever been and that includes you owners and the players. Everybody involved will pitch in some regard because we all love and are passionate about the sport. And so is it gonna take time. That's probably gonna take a little -- -- -- there could be some fans and maybe -- you aren't gonna come back that's then that's their talk about but at the end of the day hockey is a phenomenal wide sport. And it's full of passion I think just right now I got to let the dust settled let's just get the hockey get back on the ice and then continue that he had time to go and that's what I think. Two things. Right right way the players can only. Do so much in this quote apology. Plays hard as they can every. What do you student. Is they can do subtle things that are more than just creating welcome back fans on the ice you could give away the center ice package. For an entire year just make it free. That's that being older and I cable package pregnancy every every game and to prevent -- they can watch it yet here for a year we're competent. Because you guys deserve better than what we gave. I -- not gonna have the revenues to pay these guys to play the game progresses they get but the revenues they get from the center ice package are relatively minimal. Take the the most of their TV revenue is gonna come from CBC. Gonna come from TSN. Gonna come from NBC's what they get on the center ice package. Is relatively minimal but the good will you give by saying here we're going to give you free hockey. Theres gonna get sellouts and the places where you always could sell -- Seems there's going to be sold out all the Canadian places are going to be still original six -- may not be sold out though he'll be sold out Pittsburgh will be sold out to Chicago we sold out. What you're doing is in the markets where it's softer you say you know what. This is what we can do now and giving them one free beer at opening night isn't gonna do it. So I think what you gotta do is do something that doesn't cost a lot of money but it's pretty shall we. And it seems to me that that's about as good deals can be. All right sounds good Douglas thanks for coming on.