ESPN’s strained relationship with the NHL is worse than ever

Before the 2005-2006 season, the NHL took a gamble.  The league left behind the safety and security living in the ESPN metropolis, their 24/7/365 promotion machine, and their hundreds of platforms for NBC and the out-in-the-sticks Versus Network.  The NHL became the only one of the four major sports to not have any television relationship […]