I think the quality of goaltending is much better now than in the 80s so we wont see too many records broke. Goalie technique in general has improved - look at all the butterfly guys now.
Lanny, I think you are wrong. What other major sport has grown so much in the last 15 years? 30 years ago, who would have thought teams would exist in tx, az, fl, tn, etc. I think its growing because people like the fast paced and consistent action as opposed to baseball (yawn) and football (few seconds of play at a time, followed by lots of delay. The lockout was a step back though.
I think they have gone a little overboard with calling obstruction type penalties, especially hooking and holding. Hell, i play in recreational leagues and we get away with much more than the NHL now. Like clockworkorange said, we don't want it to turn into the NBA. Taking away two line passes was the greatest idea. Now if we only had olympic size rinks!
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