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Originally Posted by Ziggy Stardust View Post
So the game I decided to watch was from an early part of the season with the Kings visiting the Oilers on February 25, 1995. At that time, I was 13. Watching the game now as a mature adult, I have to say, the quality of hockey was very bad.
The Kings & Oilers were both below average that year, so given the other circumstances, I'd expect some bad hockey. The game needed more Ziggy!

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The months of no hockey and a shortened training camp led to many injuries and slow starts for many players, and this game was reflective of that. To my surprise, Kent Nilsson was playing for the Oilers (didn't realize he made a short lived attempt at a comeback at 38).
There were quite a few great players in that game, but most of them weren't in their primes.

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And my oh my how the mighty had fallen. Gretzky was starting to age as he was already in his mid 30s by then. The Kings were two seasons removed from their Cup Finals appearance in '93 and this team was just bad, on paper and on the ice. The Oilers weren't much better as well.
King were a borderline playoff team, but that was Gretzky's worst season, apart from his last in '99, or perhaps '93 when he was injured much of the year.

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There really wasn't much parity in the NHL at this time. Only 13 clubs finished with a record that was above .500 with the other half of the league finishing below a .500 winning percentage.
There was less parity then than now, but the evidence you provide supports the exact opposite position.

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Should also add that the amount of clutching and grabbing going on made it really tough to sit through a game. It killed all momentum and speed as there wasn't much offensive flow or creativity going on in hockey during this time period. I think the lockout and the subsequent shortened season was the precursor to the dead puck era.
Now you've gotten to the heart of the matter. Indeed that was the beginning of the clutch and grab era, with a short respite for much of the '96 season, before it further devolved to the point of absurdity and boredom. It's a shame, because there was plenty of talent back then, particularly at forward. I mean, when two bad teams have Gretzky, Kurri, Tocchet, Blake, Arnott, Weight, Nilsson, etc. between them, it's not exactly a league devoid of skill.

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