Anyone Smell A Comeback For The NHL?

Posted: 12th November 2009 by Elbow Murderpants in NHL
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While the GMs discuss more ways they can trick up the game, (in hopes of saving BettmanÆs bacon?) we are perhaps provoked to ask, ôWhere is this increase in the fan base they keep striving for?ö Handcuffing the goaltenders with smaller pads, bigger nets, and restricted puck playing areas was supposed to increase scoring in the league and thereby increase the appeal of the game. Eliminating ties and moving to the shootout was supposed to make the game more exciting and make it more appealing to fringe fans. Playing four on four in overtime was supposed to speed up the game and make the sport more accessible to even more potential fans. Here in Dallas, the Stars have lowered some ticket prices to half and it seems obvious that this has done more for the popularity of the game than all of ...

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