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How many games will the NHL count?

Originally Published: January 17, 2005
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

We're optimists.

At least we're trying to be.

The sun will come up tomorrow, the stock market will rise, and the National Hockey League will salvage part of the regular season once the two sides cease insulting each other in e-mail and actually negotiate.

A 2005 season could be "meaningful" with as few as 24 games, beginning in late February. In fact, it could be so exhilarating, season-ticket holders might end up asking: Can we do this every year? And that would be a huge step ...

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