Re: Grantland is in my brain
posted at 8/13/2013 2:17 AM EDT
It was a great article. I agreed strongly with a majority of it, although I wish he found a way to include getting rid of staged fights and the All Star game.
Some stuff I didnt agree with:
- no way on going back to home whites. I want to see the Bruins play at home in black. Can you imagine Orr Flying through the air in a white jersey? Team colors identify a team at home. Rangers? Blue. Flyers? Orange. Red Wings and Hawks? Uh, red please.
- why disclose injuries more? Dont see the point.
- while I like the idea of trying to make the teams "earn" the draft pick, it kinda goes against the concept of teams needing the picks because they cant be expected to be able to win when they need to. What Ive always felt was a good idea was, if a team gets a #1 pick, they cannot get higher than say, a #3 for 3 years, or some system like that to keep teams from building monster teams with #1 after #1 pick, (COUGHPITTSBURGHcough!)
-I dont like the crossover Finals. I didnt like the B's vs Rangers in '72. Felt like a quarterfinal round to me. Like the World Series, that final series is supposed to be a team you rarely if ever see.
As a goalie, surprisingly, I like the slightly bigger nets. It eliminates the concerns about reducing equipment to the point of less protection. Id still like to see some equipment (arm pads, pant, leg pads) reduced safely.
My biggest change re: the goalies would be to eliminate the curved goalie stick.
Any of the goalies here old enough to remember playing with a straight stick? I am. Adding a curve made the most useless of puck handlers become, well, kinda competent. Trust me, this will eliminate a lot of puckhandling by the goalies at NO loss to playing goal.
Oh, and speaking of goalies, I have to disagree that today's goalies are "so much better at cutting down angles than the previous generation." Excuse me? They NEVER cut down angles. Goals go in now from right in front because goalies are always on their knees. The only angles that are cut down are because the goalies and their equipment are bigger. Most of them play on the goal line. Goalies at the top of their crease now seem like mavericks, wandering about the rink like Jacques Plante in a touque.
Previous goailes werent as big, flexible, athletic or able to make their knees bend sideways, but they were much better at coming out and playing angles. Way, way out.