Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/06/05 at 09:41 AM ET
The National Hockey League reopened for business Wednesday, ushering in its return from a 310-day lockout with the familiar sounds of sticks slapping pucks and blades crunching on ice in arenas from Vancouver to Boston. So much else surrounding the league and the game itself, however, was dramatically different: New faces. New rules. And a new concept: a salary cap. The new rules were intended to restore the speed and flow that had been obliterated by a decade-long descent into dreary defensive tactics. On first glance, they seem to have succeeded:
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