Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/17/12 at 03:57 PM ET
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
When the NHL went to a salary-cap system seven years ago, the hope was to achieve what it termed “competitive balance.”
That’s a corporate-spin term for what us blue-collar folks call “parity.”
Well, seven years out, parity has never been more real in the NHL.
Pittsburgh and Vancouver were popular picks to contend for the Stanley Cup, and rightfully so. That they’re both down 3-0 in their respective series is surprising, yes, but hardly shocking.
Not in this league, not anymore.
The Flyers have handled the Penguins all year long. The Kings were division leaders entering the final week of the regular season until dropping to eighth on the final game of the season. They’re hardly your normal eighth seed.
Then again, what is an eighth seed anymore?
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