Gary Bettman’s Parity: Is It Good for NHL Hockey Franchises?

November 4th, 2010 by Eric Warren Leave a reply »
As things stand right now, there are exactly eight points separating all 30 NHL franchises.

Yes sir, the league's worst team is currently the Buffalo Sabres, but a four-game win streak along with a couple of minor losing skids by two or three teams ahead of them, and they are right back in the mix.

Before we get too excited or ahead of ourselves, let's remember that last year's best regular season team, the Washington Capitals, finished ahead of the league's worst team, the Edmonton Oilers, by a whopping 59 points.

The average difference in points between the league's best and worst since the lockout has been 58.3 points. In the six years prior to the lockout, the difference was a larger 62.1 point average.

So theoretically, with less of a gap between first and worst, the idea of parity in the NHL is working right?

If you were to ask almost any NHL fan what they wanted from their team, they would all say they want their team to win. They don’t want their teams to try and come close by giving a good effort; they want their teams to win.

The salary cap era was supposed to usher in an era of parity, ...

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