Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/14/05 at 10:03 AM ET
During my weekend visit to Detroit, I often was asked about the Avalanche. Even the Red Wings players tended to be curious. Everyone involved seems to concede that the Colorado-Detroit rivalry has lost a bit of its steam and enmity. In fact, the Red Wings' Kirk Maltby jokingly said, "But the rivalry isn't the same anymore!" Yet in the early days under the new collective bargaining agreement and a $39 million salary cap, the two franchises - and even their fans - can identify with each other, up to a point. Nearly one-fourth of the way into the first season of the New NHL, I have been admitting to all who ask that I don't yet have a grasp for how good this team will be by playoff time - when it matters. Now? The Avalanche is good. Not anything close to great.
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