Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/20/12 at 03:45 PM ET
With the current dearth of high-powered name players, the NHL has toddled along nicely enough because the games are closer—if not always better. Says the NHL president, “It used to be you’d have a couple of great teams maybe, a couple of lousy teams and the rest in the middle. You were more likely to see more bad games. Now it seems like almost every game is a one-goal game. And if you look at the (increased revenue)”—the salary cap is a record $64.3 million—“something’s working.”
Yes, it works. Camouflaged by competitiveness, the NHL will keep peddling its events—Winter Classic, openers in Europe, a “national” Thanksgiving game, All-Star Weekend. By the time anyone notices that there might not be a 100-point scorer this season—the playoffs will be upon us, at which point no one cares about anything but red-meat hockey.
But in a world in which sporting star power is pure nectar, the NHL, without Crosby and Ovechkin to rely upon, will have to identify who is worth the price of admission. Soon.
-Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated where you can read more on this topic.
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