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Now, a look at the other half

Updated: January 10, 2006, 5:36 PM ET
By John Buccigross | Special to ESPN.com

Well, here we are at the halfway point of the 2005-06 NHL season. This time last year we were overdosed on E.J. Hradek, Bob McKenzie and an Internet pirate named Eklund. Was there going to be a season or not? I was convinced the players would cut a deal, knowing that February was when they would get the best one possible.

I'll never concede the lost season was at all positive. It is a black mark that will always be on the records of all involved, another example of how grown men act ...

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