Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/14/05 at 10:37 PM ET
The NHL is back after a yearlong shutdown, hoping that absence has made hearts grow fonder for a sport that has never known true love with a general audience and television executives. Seven months after becoming the first North American professional sports league to cancel an entire season because of labor issues, the NHL opens training camps this week and begins preseason games this weekend. The league will have its first salary cap, rules changes designed to increase scoring, a television contract with the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) and a challenging mission of winning back lost fans. "I think everyone is concerned about how the game will come back," said Dallas Stars right wing Bill Guerin. "I think everybody is committed to doing whatever to make it come back strong."
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