Interesting and i somewhat agree with him, although not long and not well detailed i think he's got a point
The parity will also be remembered for this era, the only bad side i see would be the OT/SO free point
Some teams still play the trap, some are still playing the more brute force style (far from the BSBs but still tough) small players have their place, theres still stellar players and goalies can still be a huge important part of the game
To me 1994-lockout was the best era. Best players, best goalies. Hockey was fun to watch.
Now...still some decent talent, but I don't find it as interesting to watch. A 2-1 game is much more exciting and tense than a 4-3 game. A goal meant more back then.
But really...1994-lockout just had some of the best talent that the NHL will ever see and some great teams.
The lack of a salary cap also meant that big market teams were usually relevant, which is always good for the league. No offense to Nashville, Tampa, Atlanta, Phoenix, Columbus and co., but very few people care about you. It's much more fun to see Toronto, Montreal, Boston, the Rangers, the Wings etc. in the playoffs and the lack of a salary cap helped big market teams (well...except for the Rangers, who despite massive spending, sucked *shrugs*).
Only because Markov is out. Otherwise I wouldn't trade our defense for theirs.
Philly's D has been their weak spot for a few years now.
Actually, it's been their goaltending.
Doesn,t Roman Cechmanek hold the shutout record ? He went like 3, or 4 games without letting in a goal and it sure as hell wasn't because he's skilled.
Kimmo Timonen is just a notch below Markov. People still consider Pronger top 3 best in the league. Coburn is young and very bright future. Ryan Parent is young and still learning, but looks to be good as well. Matt Carle is overpaid, but is kinda useful. OKT sucks.