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Is the “New” NHL As Soft As the NBA? Red Wings’ Kronwall Victim of Rule Changes

Published by on May 23, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

Is the NHL morphing into the NBA?  Is it becoming a league and sport where even touch fouls are called by whistle-happy refs dead set on controlling and interfering in contests from the opening whistle to the final horn? 

To a certain extent, I might be exaggerating to make a point. The NHL’s officiating, unlike their counterparts in the NBA, is still hands down the best in professional sports.

However, I feel that if one looks objectively at the state of the “new” NHL and more specifically to where Gary Bettman and Colin Campbell are taking the league, it is hard to deny that post lockout rule changes have irrevocably altered the fabric of the game.  

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