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Will Record Television Ratings Be A Power Play For The NHL?

Published by on June 15, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

Four years ago, there was no ice for the Zamboni to re-surface, no amazing saves or goals to marvel at, and no Stanley Cup to lift.

The National Hockey League was closed for business during the entire 2004-05 season.

Once again, economics were the culprit and the relatively small but cult-like U.S. fan base were the victims.

However, during the work stoppage, several changes were integrated that have helped the league once again gain prominence.

Namely, a salary cap was mandated to protect management from itself, and address franchise money woes.  On the ice, skating and a free-flowing game were stressed.

As such, the "coolest game on earth" got a much-needed breath of fresh a...

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