it's been the exact same game for the past 3 years
It's absolutely ridiculous to expect the game to be completely overhauled or to be changed as dramatically as you're expecting in less than a years time.
The games change enough in terms of physics, game play, te introduction of new modes and online features to keep the fans of their games satisfied until the medium has advanced enough for them to justify completely redoing the game. The ea NHL product is great. It's the best option available. Hands down. There's a reason why it's a lock for sports game of the year every single year.
this but seems they get more money just by selling for consoles
NHL for PC is dead. Why? One word; modders. The days when you could update the rosters the way YOU want, import your own uniforms, arenas, etc, when EA ****s off and releases the same game 3 years in a row with 1 or 2 "new" features and some new rosters/uniforms, you just buy one year and mod the **** out of it yourself and save yourself from buying two years of the same ****. And sorry, but their games have been ****. I own NHL 11 (haven't gotten 12 because the demo was basically the same game, and I've heard quite a bit about freezing issues with it) and it's "fair." The goalies are bad. REALLY bad. It's no fun to play a game, throw 30 shots on net and get two, and the computer has 9 shots and three. It could be a lot better. Even people who are in bed with the game have to admit that. The fact that it isn't better just proves they don't try to create a great product.