Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/16/05 at 09:38 AM ET
The new NHL was not made for franchises like Detroit, Toronto or Philadelphia. There was never any doubt that the fans of the great tradition-filled franchises would return to the arenas after the year-long lockout. The new NHL, with its rules designed to open up play and increase scoring, was designed to help the struggling franchises, such as the Carolina Hurricanes. Sure the Hurricanes had gone to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2002. The fans showed up in droves then, leading to the familiar rallying call of the “loudest fans in the NHL.” However, not much has gone right since then. There was the last-place finish in 2002-03 and the mildly better season the next. Moving or contracting the franchise, just eight years after moving from Hartford, Conn., was an option the talking heads discussed as a way to “fix the NHL” after the lockout.
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