by Patrick Hoffman on 06/23/11 at 03:58 PM ET
Scotty was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to give us his thoughts on the Stanley Cup Final, the NHL season as a whole and 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?
SL: No, they didn’t turn out as I expected. I was sticking to my pre-season prediction of Washington over Detroit. ‘Nuff said!
PH: In your opinion, did the Bruins “win the cup” or did the Canucks “lose the cup”? Why?
SL: The Bruins won the Cup and proved to be very deserving of their Championship. Any team that showed the resiliency they displayed in winning three Game 7’s should be saluted.
PH: In your opinion, how do you think the loss will impact, if at all, Canucks’ netminder Roberto Luongo?
SL: I think he’ll be back and just as good during the regular season in 2011-12. However, until he becomes consistently good at playoff time, the critics will remain.
PH: Overall, what are your thoughts on this year’s hockey season as a whole?
SL: It was a tremendous season, but the biggest story to me was, unfortunately, the head-shot epidemic. Losing Sidney Crosby in early January was a major blow to the league, let alone Penguins’ fans.
PH: How do you think the league can improve heading into next season?
SL: It can start with Brendan Shanahan doling out longer suspensions for major infractions. However, I don’t necessarily agree with anyone who thinks automatically a three-game suspension now becomes seven.
PH: Anything else you’d like to share with Kukla’s Korner readers?
SL: Thanks to Kukla’s Korner for again being a major resource to people who do what we do. Have a great summer hockey fans!
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