Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/14/05 at 09:45 AM ET
A schoolyard argument is brewing in the National Hockey League, with lots of boasting that: "My division is tougher than your's." Only three times since the Maple Leafs moved to the Northeast in 1998 has a divisions finished with nothing but .500 teams. This year, with every club on mostly equal footing because of the rules and salary cap, the Northeast, Northwest and Pacific have five teams either at, near or above the break-even point. "We talked about it in Buffalo on Friday," Leafs defenceman Alexander Khavanov said. "This is probably the toughest division in hockey right now. Looking at statistics is dull, but everyone is at .500 and you have to play them all eight times.
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