Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/18/06 at 05:56 PM ET
The NHL has come out of last year's lockout with a new collective bargaining agreement, a new game and now new contenders. "Interesting, exciting and not totally unexpected," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday of the remaining Stanley Cup contenders. "The system has created the type of competitive balance that we envisioned," he added from New York. On Nov. 30, 2004, the commissioner stood in front of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and told the city's business people and Oilers fans that the lockout would be worth it. "I promise we will get you what you need and most importantly, what you deserve," Bettman said that day. The payoff didn't take long. The Oilers are in the final four, for the first time since 1992.more
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