We all have our own opinions on the "New" NHL. Whether we are fans of the new game where the young and speedy seem to dominate for the most part of the older NHL where big hits and big rival games seemed to be the main attraction we all have to the agree the NHL should have made a list of the pros and the cons of the older compared to the newer nhl before they went and switched completly. Here are what I take to be the pros and cons of the the new nhl compared to the older one and before I say them I have to say im a strong supporter of the old NHL compared the new NHL but im still a huge fan. Pros -More goal scoring -Younger stars -No more dead locks on rival games -New teams become stronger -The team with the most money is not guarenteed a playoff spot -More star studded goals -More for Don Cherry to talk about :clap: Cons -Lower fan base -Worse schedule -Game has slowed down due to penalities -Hitting is becoming less and less -There is less of a place for the proven Vets -Less action -Rival teams are fading due to having to play each other 8 times a year in some cases -Less fighting Whether or not you agree with me is up to you but really I don't see how one can argue against some of my points. The lower fan base being the biggest one. Earlier on CBC they were talking about the St.Louis Blues and how before the lockout they had the 5th highest attendance in the NHL while not they are among the leagues lowest and why because the fans do not want to pay money to go see a game with very little action when they could stay home and see more big hits and fights out on their streets. Also the number of goals does not make for an exciting game of hockey. There is no such thing as an exciting edge of your seat 7-2 win for a team where as a 3-1 or 4-3 game is. The teams work hard for the goals and the fans who cheer and cheer finally see a puck slide into the net and they can go crazy while the home team can rally around this and maybe keep the other team out or the other team can go to silence the fans and try and get a goal of their own. Fighting the one thing that I think set hockey aside from other sports such as basketball is now almost taken out of the game entirly. Today I saw Ian Laperrier (sp) and Matt Green I think it was in a fight and there were no punches thrown what so ever and the fans still gave a cheer. That was not a fight. Guys like Probert , Domi and Langdon from Newfoundland now they had fights but the NHL went and almost took fighting out of games. You ask how they did that and I say they took out hitting to a degree. Big hits are no longer seen in the NHL because the NHL thinks there is no place for them anymore. The big hits were what caused the fights in the NHL regardless of what anybody says. I mean the big hits start rivalrys and those rival games start the fights thats well documented and I don't think anybody can argue against that. The NHL has expanded to too many cities in my view. 30 teams is way to much. I mean some 40-50 years ago we had 6 teams and I don't recall anybody complaining. Those teams were big hockey markets and fans wanted to see the teams play and the NHL was doing great. Then came a few expansion teams and yes the NHL got some more credibility and the teams deserved to be there. They were placed where people were interested in hockey and places where hockey would be a sport of choice. Today we have cities with teams basically because they are big spenders. I herd that Pittsburgh might be moving to Vegas and if they do they can credit themselves on officially selling out the NHL. But not everything is bad for the NHL now a days. I mean the youth of the NHL are now here and some of the NHL's top stars. Like last year for example on Carolina Eric Stall and Cam Ward stole the show and led the Canes to the cup. This year we got guys like Crosby and Ovechkin giving the NHL some publicity and for good reason. They are amazing hockey players as are alot of young players and with the players the NHL is more exciting to watch in a sense that you know these players are going to score every couple of games and you have to watch to see when they will score another goal that will go down in the record books like Ovechkin's last season where he slid along the ice. That will never be forgotten. Also the Vets might be a little less used but they are still among the NHLs best. Teemu Selanne and Martin Brodeur 5 years ago were a couple of the NHLs top playes and to this day they still are. They have adapted to play the new NHL and play well. Brodeur is without a doubt a standout and having one of the best years of his whole life while Selanne is carring the Ducks franchise into the future. Whether you like it or not those players and among the top the NHL has to offer and despite the NHL has changed they have not they are still the dominate players we have come to expect. A few years ago without the salary cap the team with money was the team that won the cup. I mean look at Detroit they had more money then any team in the NHL and they came out on top more than once. Same thing with the Devils and the Avs. Was there anything wrong with this type of game? No I mean if you have any kind of advantage why not take it. There is nothing wrong with it. This year however teams like Nashville,Buffalo and Anaheim teams that never did have a lot of money are among the NHLs top teams and why because they played the cards right and made some big moves. Not because they have a big check book. Overall the new and the old NHLs are similar in very few ways but you have to admit that the game of hockey is still here and in some places its bigger than ever. The leagues in Europe are becoming big leagues and they are becoming better and better to watch and nations that years ago never had an NHL are producing more than a couple. Hockey will never die and despite Gary Bettman and his crew might seem like they are out to ruin the game they are doing what they feel is best and if the NHL has survived this long I guess they are doing something right.