Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 12/30/06 at 11:08 PM ET
from Tim Panaccio of the Philadelphia Inquirer via the Mercury News:
In the old NHL, everyone traveled everywhere. With expansion, everyone traveled everywhere every other year. Now it’s every three years, and no one likes that. What’s so hard about going back to the way it was 10 years ago without complete realignment?
“It goes up and down from one thing to another,” [Blackhawks assistant GM Rick] Dudley said. “You take into consideration (travel) expenses. Then we say that is not good enough - we want rivalries. Then we say we want Ovechkin and Crosby coming into our buildings. Everyone has a different agenda. At some point, you have to think, `What is best for the game?’ “
At some point, Bettman should be thinking about what’s best for the fans who pay outrageous money to see the game. And what is best for the fans and for hockey is for teams in the East and the West to play each other every year, as they do in the NBA.
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