When discussing sports games, coming up with new ideas for a bad game can prove to be an easy task. All you have to do is look at the game you released last year, look at customers feedback and try to fix what made the game so horrible in the first place. On the other hand, trying to improve or find the faults in an award winning franchise can turn into a hectic job. NHL 09 managed to change the series in a way, adding new game modes and controls resulting in over fifteen awards last year alone. So what possibly can the developers do to take a winner in NHL 09 and turn it into a better game just one year later?