Larry Brooks has a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of the new NHL (login info.).
No big surprises, although it’s nice to see someone give props to the rebirth of the Edmonton Oilers.
To be honest, I’m not in a very hockey place. I spent Sunday at Shea saying goodbye to Mike Piazza. It was an ugly game, but the crowd’s love made it a really nice afternoon. He got a standing ovation before every at-bat. People stayed for a blowout, just to say goodbye to a player who really immersed himself in the culture of New York City.
And who knows? If his knees hold out, maybe Piazza will discover a new career as a goalie.