Hockey needs to get back to its roots by contracting the league and moving teams to Canada and the Northeast. Original Six fans and fans in the East stay true to their teams. In places like Carolina, Tampa, Phoenix, Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose, the fans are front-runners. Enough with the phony warm-weather cities; they don't deserve teams.
Kevin Gribaudo, Boston
Your NHL Preview article (It's All About the Six, Oct. 5) captures the essence of Original Six hockey. Preexpansion hockey was a better game than what we have now, and the newer teams just don't have the tradition and—as writer Michael Farber points out—the uniforms. With all due respect to the San Jose Sharks, if they're playing the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup finals next June, I won't be the only Boston fan who will be cheering on the Habs.
George E. Malley
West Roxbury, Mass.
I was surprised you didn't mention perhaps the biggest reason the Blackhawks should be favored to win the Stanley Cup this season (NHL Scouting Reports, Oct. 5): They have the brightest mind in the history of hockey working for their organization, Scotty Bowman.
More Than a Closer
As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I have been arguing with Yankees fans for years that you can't justify Alex Rodriguez's winning the AL MVP award twice in New York when he wasn't even the MVP of his own team. Subtract Mariano Rivera (Mariano Saves, Oct. 5), and the Evil Empire is still trying to buy world championship number 23.