Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/11/12 at 03:04 PM ET
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
Of all the teams remaining in the 2012 NHL playoffs, the New Jersey Devils are the most offense-minded. I’ll pause for a second while that sinks in.
You heard me right. The franchise least associated with a thrilling brand of hockey has become the lone on-ice answer to the drone-like defensive systems employed to varying degrees by the Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, L.A. Kings and Phoenix Coyotes.
It’s like Darryl Sutter suddenly being named Mr. Congeniality at Burning Man. But that’s where the growing menace of shot-blocking has taken us – and that’s why the league could have a TV ratings disaster of a Stanley Cup final on its hands.
That’s correct – New Jersey vs. Phoenix. Or as forcefully sedated NBC executives are calling it, “as many as seven roundhouse kicks to the groin with a knife-tipped boot.” It’s an absolute worst-case-scenario situation and it lurks in the background in large part because the league has regressed into a state where offense and skill are devalued at the expense of shot-blocking and defensive schemes.
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