by Patrick Hoffman on 06/26/11 at 01:40 PM ET
Edward Fraser, the managing editor of The Hockey News, was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule running the top hockey publication out there to give us his thoughts on the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the season as a whole, as well as what the league can do to improve going forward.
PH: So, did the Stanley Cup Playoffs turn out as you expected them to? Why or why not?
EF: As a, whole I thought the playoffs were excellent. There was, as has been a trend recently, a drop-off of drama in the second and third rounds, but the quality of hockey was still high.
PH: In your opinion, did the Bruins “win the cup” or did the Canucks “lose the cup”? Why?
EF: A bit of a loaded question, but since the Canucks didn’t put the puck in their own net I’ll say the Bruins won. To be serious: Boston gets full marks for their victory. The focus in the Cup aftermath has been the Sedins and Kesler’s inability to score, but their lack of production was as much a product of Boston’s defense/goaltending as it was a cold streak by Vancouver’s big guns.
PH: In your opinion, how do you think the loss will impact, if at all, Canucks’ netminder Roberto Luongo?
EF: In the long run, I think it will impact him positively. He, like any goalie, will learn from the experience.
PH: Overall, what are your thoughts on this year’s hockey season as a whole?
EF: Overall I thought it was a great season on the ice. The skill-level in the NHL has never been higher and though GPG has dropped, scoring chances still occur at a high rate. It’s unfortunate, however, that this year will be remembered partly for the violence of head shots/concussions and for the riots in Vancouver.
PH: How do you think the league can improve heading into next season?
EF: They could get rid of the “loser point.”
PH: Anything else you’d like to share with Kukla’s Korner readers?
EF: If you need a summer hockey fix you’ll find fresh daily blogs and features at THN.com. And please check out a couple of our recent projects: Top 100 Players of All Time and We Are The Champions - The Greatest Hockey Teams Of All-Time. Both can be found in the TheHockeyNews.com store.
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