I would have to point to either Jersey or Washington.
Washington probably had the real first splash with it, but Jersey perfected it.
For those of you who dont know what I am talking about with boring hockey, I will explain.
I am talking about the wave that started in the NHL that if you lacked the talent, you can trap, hold , grab every shift for 60 mins.
If a Caps player holds a guy, and holds a guy every shift,,the refs wont call that. Why? NHL. They will not have a team be on the PP for the whole game.
So I believe Washington really started that, with Jersey mastering it, and then others such as Florida etc picking up on it.
Take a look at some players stats in the 80's, and early 90's. Have look since then. Dont give me the Mario and Wayne argument. THere have been talented guys on teams full of talent that put up average points.
Jagr just hit 100 points again. But he is not going to come close to any of his big totals he once had. Scoring no doubt is up from 03-04, but it still has a ways to go. It is better. BUt how long until some coach finds out how to exploit the play with the new rules in place? Wont be long.
What the answer is ? I dont know. There are still teams who want to play all 5 guys in the defensive zone, take the turnover and go. THE WHOLE GAME. Wild come to mind. Those teams usually have guys that suck, so they cant score either. Makes for some really boring hockey.
Nothing worse for the NHL than to have 1-0 or 2-1 games with each team only garnering a shot total in the teens. :x
Just from a product sales perspective..remember this, North Americans want offense. They want big scores in any sports. Why do you think soccer is #1 in the world, with North America being the exception. People here could care less. Why? No offense. WE dont like 2 1/2 hour games with 1 goal. (Shot clock in basketball) (Protection and holding rules that have been altered in football to aid the offense) (CFL..look at the way they play football. Massive scoring.)
Rooting for ones team, a win is a win. No doubt about that. A 1-0/2-1 win is somewhat entertaining. A 5-4 win is exciting!