Amen to that and very well put. I think you're right, there's no reason why one team should back off in a Blue vs Hawks game or any game in the central for that matter. I think a lot of it comes down to the extra money being a factor in the way players play over a season and the influx of younger, lower priced players. One things for sure, I miss Tony Twist.
Twist could not skate. He got away with it in the "old" league, he would be totally exposed now. You think Walker is a pylon???? He'd give Twister the "Linda Ronstadt" treatment.