Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/19/06 at 10:55 AM ET
There used to be a popular theory in NHL circles that too many Europeans spoil the Stanley Cup broth. Then, in the mid-1990s, Detroit coach Scotty Bowman began icing an entire unit of Russians. Old-time hockey people scoffed. When the Wings won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1997-98, everybody stopped laughing and started following the blueprint. "You can't win without (Europeans)," San Jose Sharks scout John Ferguson said.read on
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