Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/19/05 at 09:05 AM ET
Under the new NHL order, the sensibilities of Canadian fans are of no great concern. The league is run by lawyers who, naturally enough, think like lawyers. In their minds (one uses the word loosely), all rules must be equally applied. There is no room for emotion, only the enduring fiction of "equality under the law" and the all-important bottom line. While there's no doubt that new balanced schedule will heighten rivalries and can be rationalized on that basis, a significant aspect in its favour, as far as the owners are concerned, is that it reduces travel costs. It is not inconceivable that some eastern teams could go through the entire regular season without having to spend 10 nights on the road. The teams would therefore spend less on such things as hotel rooms, players' per-diem allowances and various other travel costs. If you want to grab someone's attention in the new NHL, no phrase does it as successfully as "spend less."
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