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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
The combination of new rules and the shootout have produced not only high-quality hockey but great playoff races," said Mighty Duck General Manager Brian Burke, whose team is a prime beneficiary of the crackdown on hooking and holding. "When you go to the shootout, nobody leaves. Everybody stays. "Overall, the NHL gets an 'A.' " But — and you knew there had to be a "but" — it's unclear whether anyone has noticed beyond the small but passionate cluster of fans who cared before the lockout. Attendance has never been a huge headache for the NHL. It goes up some years in some places and down in others, but that's normal. The old problems plaguing the New NHL are its lack of a lucrative TV package, TV's inability to convey the game's speed and atmosphere to viewers, and the sport's enduring image as a regional pastime. Improving the product doesn't seem to have resolved those problems.
read on (reg. req. and an excellent read)

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