Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/31/05 at 07:26 AM ET
Nobody ever cancelled an entire season before. Not surprisingly, then, nobody — at least nobody in the NHL — seems to know how to spring a dormant league back to life again. At least not quickly. At best, it can be said there are signs that the NHL is groggily awakening from a long, fitful slumber, with yesterday's entry draft the latest evidence that moving from a war footing to a bright new day is proving to be sluggish and awkward. If the draft was supposed to provide a vibrant sense that the league was finally reopening its doors for business and plotting an exciting new future with young, talented hockey players, it was a thoroughly abysmal effort. The Sidney Crosby era, history will record, dawned as part of the most muted, subdued and joyless draft in decades. This was no glittering coronation. This was about as thrilling as having a new oil filter installed in the family car. When Crosby's name was announced as the No. 1 pick, there was a smattering of applause from a handful of people surrounding the draft tables, nothing like the thunderous standing ovation the NHL's new saviour would have received had the event been held in an arena anywhere from Ottawa to Montreal to Red Deer. The anti-climactic nature of the Crosby selection following last week's draft lottery, of course, took all of the intrigue out of the moment. But the league's decision that the first order of business in its new, fan-friendly approach should be to bar fans from the draft didn't help, as without anybody on hand to cheer or boo, the day took on the flavour of a book fair.
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