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Melrose: Faster game already making an impact

Updated: October 21, 2005, 11:54 AM ET
By Barry Melrose | Special to ESPN.com

I'm baaaack. Yes, I'll be checking in with all of you each week, giving you my take on the NHL with my picks for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

It's great to have the game back and the new product has been fun to watch. There has been a ton of offensive chances, and the game has speed.

The sport hasn't lost that physical edge, either. Some forget that hockey is a physical sport. Fans love to see that great crash into the boards. My hope, going forward, is that the league ...

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