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03-19-2004, 10:49 AM
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As much as I would like to see an all-Canadian Finals, I think a Detroit-Toronto Finals would really help to "sell" the game to the casual fan in the U.S. this spring. If it were to go to 7 games, all the better. You'd definitely draw a better rating than game 7 in last years Devils-Ducks series.

My reasons for feeling this way?

1. Two traditional, original 6 franchises battling for the oldest trophy in sports. This would really give the U.S. networks all the ammunition they would need to hype the series.

2. Toronto is the Canadian city closest in size and stature to any of the large U.S. markets (this was stated in a Michael Farber article in Sports Illustrated a few years back -- yeah,yeah I know SI is not known for their hockey prowess -- but I digress).

3. Neither team plays the dreaded trap-style of hockey (such as New Jersey or Minnesota play). I think you would have a series were even if there wasn't a lot of scoring, there would still be plenty of offense. In other word, lots of shots on net.

Just my $.02.

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