Quality of NHL Hockey in 1994-95
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08-14-2012, 10:05 PM
Join Date: Nov 2003
To the OP, 1994-'95 was not a memorable season at all. Not just because of the shortened season, but also because of the players that season. Mario sat out all year. Gretzky showed the first signs of really slowing down. The aura of the Canadiens was starting to get wiped out as they missed the postseason. Roy had a bad year too. The NHL was almost in a transition period of time. The stars that would show up later in the decade weren't all hitting their peak yet. Lindros broke out as did Jagr but Kariya and Forsberg were rookies. Messier was older as well and less effective. It was also the first of the great old stadiums to go. Chicago was in the United Center by now replacing the classic Chicago Stadium. This was Boston's last year in the Garden as well.
Then the postseason was one of the worst in NHL history. The dreaded trap bored us all to death. Jersey winning the Cup in 1995 was a blow to the game of hockey as was the awful officiating in the Quebec/NYR series. Not really a memorable NHL year. A sweep in the final too.
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