NHL must examine itself

Updated: December 29, 2004, 11:13 AM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

OK, we'll buy this: The public, if not justice, has been served. In British Columbia, the Crown did the right thing, negotiating a plea bargain with Todd Bertuzzi and leaving him with a light slap on the wrist.

Plus, Steve Moore should be more forceful about considering a lawsuit only as a last resort.

That comes with a kicker, or maybe we should call it an implied NHL plea-bargain with the public. The NHL must put itself on trial, further examining the effects of the "code" ...

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