Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/06/05 at 08:49 AM ET
The conversation takes place in the corridors and press rooms of arenas across the country, and it takes place over the phone. But it is muted, and in public those whose constructive critics who wonder whether the league's Manhattan power-brokers have gone too far, wear gags, fearful now of being fined by a commissioner who thinks dissent is as harmful to the league as a tie game. We'd be far more patient with the administration and with the evolution of the game if we trusted the motives of the Blue Suits directing the agenda. If the people in charge were attempting to recreate the environment from, say, the late '80s or early '90s, when the NHL featured a blend of skill, speed and toughness that disappeared with the first lockout, we'd gladly hang in with the inevitable bumps of change. But they're not attempting to recreate an era during which hockey's popularity rose to a zenith. Instead, they're determined to invent a new game that will somehow appeal to consumers who have never had much interest at all in the sport. It's as if they're trying to invent a car that will appeal to people who don't have a driver's license.
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