By Greg Wyshynski

In Pittsburgh this week, I had a few dozen conversations with other media about the NHL's television situation in the U.S.; and the battle lines are drawn between those who want the League back on ESPN and those who don't feel it necessary.

As first Tweeted by Chris Botta, the NHL is finalizing a two-year extension with NBC for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. According to the New York Times last year, the NHL's contract with Versus runs through 2011 as well. So barring renegotiation, all of the NHL's U.S. television properties would be up for bid in two seasons. Something to keep in mind for the Bristol-backers.,168456