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What's the league worth? I'm taking stock of the NHL

Updated: November 9, 2006, 1:51 PM ET
By John Buccigross | ESPN.com

We hear some NHL announcers continue to bash the "new NHL" phrase against the sides of our heads and it feels like a frozen canned ham.

Stop. We get it.

A hook is a hook, a trip is a trip, a hold is a hold. It was always in the rulebook, but for 10 years, the NHL corporate office was more concerned about expansion fees, spreading the game across the 48 contiguous states, getting in bed with as many corporations as possible, planning its season and ...

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