I'm actually glad to hear (or read) that other people feel this way too. It was more exciting, the players were better, the teams were better. Its kind of amazing to me that the Stanley Cup final ratings are so high these past few years considering, as a hockey obsessed maniac myself, I could care less who was in it or who won these past few years. I wonder if its because the last 5 years of finals have been played in mostly big cities (Chicago, Philly, NY/NJ, Boston and LA).
I think a lot of people don't realize how different the game is. I really miss the way hockey was played back then.
As for the ratings, I'm pretty sure you've touched on a large part of it. It wouldn't surprise me to see that future SC finals will be played in predetermined arenas, a la the NFL. Everything seems to be geared toward ratings and growing the fan base.
But since this is a thread about Phaneuf...he sucks.
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