Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/29/07 at 04:58 PM ET
from Damien Cox at ESPN,
The Hurricanes, you may have noticed, have not yet secured a position in the Stanley Cup playoffs. In fact, Carolina is in a traffic jam of a fight for one of three available Eastern Conference playoff berths. There’s a tightly packed, heavily congested group of six teams, each desperately trying to avoid the stigma that goes with missing the NHL playoffs.
This probably shouldn’t be seen as quite the embarrassment that it used to be. After all, once upon a time, 16 of 21 NHL clubs made the postseason. And if there has been an upside to Gary Bettman’s absurdly reckless addition of nine teams over nine years, it’s that the playoffs haven’t been expanded as the league has developed its unsightly beer belly.
more... and some Edmonton talk too…
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