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Breaking down the contenders

Updated: March 31, 2004, 5:35 PM ET
By Adam Proteau | The Hockey News

If there's one thing the NHL's 2003-04 campaign will be remembered for other than broken necks, seven-second TV delays and the rhetoric-bricked road to a labor war, it will be the thrilling end -- one of the best in league history -- to the regular season.

Undeniably, hockey types and typists alike have spent so much time, ink and bandwidth crafting antidotes for the league's gaggle of disorders, we've all but forsaken the buzz the game still can produce. Truth is, despite the 'he-said/he-said-the-exact-opposite-of-what-the-first-he-said' ...

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