Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/24/05 at 08:50 AM ET
Commissioner Gary Bettman has made appearances in which he has declared that sweeping changes in rules, rink dimensions and goalie equipment have resulted in a faster and reinvigorated game, and that attendance across the league is the proof. Suggesting otherwise is just "looking for a negative story that isn't there," Bettman said. "All of our franchises will be fine," he said. "Everybody associated with the game is delighted we're back and things are as positive as they are." Let's examine that for a second. Attendance is down in Washington, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Dallas, Columbus and Chicago. Washington has had three crowds of less than 11,000 in the 18,277-seat MCI Center, with a low of 10,002 vs. Tampa Bay on Oct. 16. And no matter what the teams do, there will be lots of games at Buffalo, New Jersey, Florida and other cities that will be way below capacity.
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