Re: Experimental rule changes
posted at 8/3/2011 10:55 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Experimental rule changes
[QUOTE]When they got rid of the two line pass rule, the game opened up and got better. Surprised they would even consider going back to the old way, which encouraged trap and center zone tight play rather than open speed and break. We want fewer whistles, not more. Offsides are not done on purpose, are usually the result of missed timing or an extra move by the puck carrier. Why penalize the team that does it by allowing no changes? Wierd ideas
Posted by CarolinaClamMan[/QUOTE]
Totally agree the elimination of the 2-line pass rule has been the best change...going back would be just stupid.
Another change for the better (I think it's been un-official, just something the league told refs to do, not in the rule book to my knowledge) is never blowing the whistle when the puck gets tied up in the boards in players' skates. That used to be--back in the day--an automatic whistle after just a few seconds of a scrum and it really slowed down the game. Now the refs tell the guys to move it, and even if it takes 20-30 seconds, eventually the puck comes loose and play goes on.
The trapezoid rule seems fine w./me, and really, I think the only things I'd like to see change are
1) A serious crackdown on illegal hits to the head a la Savard, Crosby, etc., with HUGE LENGTHY game suspensions and fines for guilty players and
2) Extending the 4 on 4 OT period to 10 minutes and doing away w/the shootout altogether.
The SO takes at least 5 minutes anyway so the game wouldn't be much longer and the likelihood of a goal being scored 4 0n 4 w/10 mins. instead of just 5 is much higher.
SO's are ridiculous and are no way to decide games (unless you want to turn hockey into soccer.)