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Build A Great Team - Then Lose It

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
As a spectacle, this year's playoffs were nothing short of magnificent. The games featured everything fans love about hockey -- speed, hitting, goaltending and tension. Rarely was a lead large enough to be considered safe, and to wrap up the season two excellent teams went toe to toe with the outcome in doubt until the final minute of Game 7. But unfortunately, in today's National Hockey League, the off-ice developments are nowhere near as ideal as the off-ice developments. It must be made clear that the two are not interdependent. An astonishing number of people who should know better seem to think the improved product on the ice was the creation of the lockout. In fact, the rule changes that made today's game what it is were put forward in February 2004, long before the lockout. If anything, the lockout hindered the imposition of the new game. It certainly did nothing to bring it about -- other than put the players back on the ice.

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