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Parity schmarity: The NHL doesn't need it

Updated: September 1, 2005, 8:45 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

Given the state of the NHL's post-lockout image, when you hear someone mention the NHL and "parity" in the same sentence, a common initial reaction should be to think screenwriter Nancy Dowd is working on a legitimate "Slap Shot" sequel.

("Slap Shot 2" doesn't count.)

It could be about what happens after commissioner Gary Bettman announces the league is expanding to 128 teams, finally getting around to Charlestown after the reopening of the mill.

Or maybe we would wonder whether ...

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