I agree completely, Sportsmen, I hate the new NHL (and my Flames are doing well, too). I hate the shootout - it's not hockey. They've gone way overboard on what is or isn't a penalty - apparently simply getting body position, a good tactic, is a penalty - but worse than that, they're BRUTALLY inconsistent in calling the game. Worse than before! NHL refs are the worst I've seen. I watched the little vignette on nhl.com that explained the new rules, and I gotta tell you, they aren't followed. I still watch it (well, the Canadian teams anyway; another absolutely brutal thing about the NHL is the number of apathetic teams, a la Anaheim, Florida, Tampa, Carolina, Nashville, etc) but to me, the NHL is crap. The World Juniors trumped it thorough ly.
I agree that the NHL needed some changes, but they have gone too far. Quit trying to change the game just so americans, 99% of whom don't care anyway, will watch the game! I mean, making the nets bigger? Give me a break! Quit trying to fabricate goals - goals should be EARNED.
I wouldn't be surprised if the NHL removed the goalie from the game in order to try and increase scoring. Then maybe they'd move the nets up (vertically) ... replace the puck with a ball ... stop playing on ice (well, at least then the teams in Florida wouldn't have a problem) ... allow the ball to be played by hand, thereby removing the stick from the game ... remove bodychecking (too violent!!) ... then the NBL, I mean NHL, could be happy with their 110-98 games!!