Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/26/08 at 11:36 AM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
When Gary Bettman faces the news media this weekend, he will undoubtedly face the usual questions about troubled franchises, the continuing struggles to attract viewers on U.S. national television and issues surrounding the collective labour agreement.
But it’s unlikely the commissioner will have to defend the on-ice product, as so often has been the case during his 15-year tenure. While Nash’s goal is being hailed in some quarters as one for the ages (which has translated into hundreds of thousands of page views on YouTube), there is an ever-increasing number of lift-you-off-the-couch moments from NHL arenas on the nightly reel of hockey highlights. Two emerging trends are largely responsible for that development — the influx of talented young players into the NHL and the gradual weaning away of obstruction from the game. Oh, and you can also toss in the shootout, which provides another opportunity for the game’s most highly skilled entertainers to walk in uncontested on opposing goaltenders.
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