Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/21/06 at 10:17 AM ET
The NHL is better than the Olympics. No one would argue with that now, not after watching the first half of this NHL season and the first half of this Olympic tournament. There is more talent per roster spot at the Olympics. There is more at stake, too, at least theoretically. But the NHL was better under the old rules and it is far, far superior under the new rules. The cry came up, from Nagano and Salt Lake City, from people (for the most part) who don't even like hockey in the first place. The cry came up, that this Olympic version was the best. It ignored the history ingrained in the NHL game. It ignored the certainty that nothing - not even the gold-medal game in this tournament - can touch the brutal, primal, 2-month drama of Stanley Cup playoff hockey.more
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