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Bashing small markets defeats big picture of playoffs

Updated: May 20, 2006, 1:19 AM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

If I had a dollar for every time someone has come up to me in the past week and said something along the lines of how much the NHL must be cringing at the likelihood of having small-market, relatively low-profile teams still alive in the final four ...

Heck, I might be able to fill the car with gas.

A couple of times.

Perhaps I hang with too many folks who buy into the argument that all evaluations begin and end with demographics and numbers. They hate it when ...

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