Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/20/07 at 08:27 AM ET
from the Edmonton Journal,
The artificial laboratory that was the 2004-05 lockout year, when GMs, players and owners could all focus on the overall good of the game since no actual games were being played, keeps receding like the tide.
But self-interest is reasserting itself with vigour. So Burke, who wants to deploy toughness and physical intimidation as a tactic, wants the rules to be tweaked to help that cause. Shero, who does not employ a goon to ride shotgun for Crosby, is disinclined to favour such a rule change.
It will be up to the owners to hold the line on the NHL agenda of selling its stars, not letting the league backslide toward the pre-lockout game, in which brute force was valued as highly as skill, in which vigilante justice dominated.
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