Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/08/05 at 08:24 PM ET
''There's a lot of feedback that people are unhappy with the lack of hitting and the lack of physical play,'' a GM, who requested anonymity, said Tuesday. ''There's a groundswell developing now. ''I've had a lot of discussion with a lot of general managers and everybody likes the speed through the neutral zone but nobody likes the fact that there's not the one-on-one, spirited, challenging physical play in the end zones that inspires physicality and passion and competition.'' But San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson sees it differently. ''If you watched the Calgary-Vancouver games the last couple of days, you saw physical hockey,'' he said. ''I feel strongly that the game is very good and I think you'll see the physical game naturally evolve with the rivalries and with defencemen figuring out the adjustments in how they can play. ''To judge it prematurely, I think, would be incorrect.''
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