Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/28/12 at 02:04 AM ET
“The style we’re watching? It is boring hockey. Really boring. Out-muscling, out-bumping. The game’s almost all played along the boards. In my day, as soon as I got the puck, I faced the play. Now, you watch (Anze) Kopitar, the way he protects the puck. He puts his back towards the defenceman, the defenceman can’t do anything. He goes to the left. Then he comes back to the right.
“In the meantime, nothing happens.
“Very seldom do you see a forward beat a defenceman one-on-one. Doesn’t happen. And the way Wayne (Gretzky) used to curl and trap guys? Very, very few players do this now. There’s just no room out there. And I think most of the guys are restricted in what they’re allowed to do.
“Sometimes you didn’t watch the game and later that night you see a replay and you say, `Oh, what a spectacular play! Must’ve been a great game!’ But that was the only frickin’ play in the whole frickin’ game.’‘
-Marcel Dionne, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. George Johnson of the Calgary Herald via Canada.com has more from Dionne, mostly LA Kings talk…
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