No shock at all.
The first year of any game, on any console, from EA is always crippled.
Were you really expecting all their features included in the first NHL game on 360?
You could see this coming from miles away.
Shock and awe. It's not like a launch title sports game - they had a LONG TIME to work on this title. Realistically, I guess you could consider it a "first year" of this game, but we're in the second "year" of sports games! Plus it's online co-op. Not including that is retarded, simply dumb.
I don't see online co-op as a 'feature' - it's present in just about every online sports game.
That being said, I saw some gameplay videos of NHL2k7 and I kinda dug the whole 'cinematic camera angle' thing. Oh, and it has online co-op play. So I'm buying that.