Re: If you were an NHL GM...
posted at 3/12/2012 7:47 PM EDT
In Response to Re: If you were an NHL GM...
[QUOTE]I'd be at least willing to see the hybrid icing in play at the NHL level. I'm in favour of keeping the play going, rather than stopping it dead with the auto no-touch option. I would get rid of the trapezoid. A goalie is a player, and there should be no restrictions on where he plays the puck. However, if he plays the puck outside of the crease, then he becomes like every other player, and can be checked. I think the red line is an advantage for skilled teams with good skaters, puckhandlers and passers. A good head fake here, a give-and-go there, and good teams will get through the neutral zone, and we'll see the end of the long-pass-tip-in. I agree with so many people about the need to change OT. I'm in favour of the 5 min. 4-on-4, followed by 5 min. 3-on-3, then the shoot out as a last resort. I would also favour 20 min. of 4 on 4 for the playoffs, until the OT winner is scored. Regulation win = 3 pts; OT/SO win = 2 pts; OT loss = 1 pt; SO loss = 0pts.
Posted by 49-North[/QUOTE]
-I also like the hybrid icing. Let the refs quickly decide if there's a legitimate hustle play developing, and of course, no contact.
-I vehemently disagree re: the goalies. I played goal for over 35 years, and at least in the 70's you took your life in your own hands when handling the puck. There's a reason goalies are "not fair game" in the rulebook. A goaltender cannot protect himself in the event of a bodycheck. There is not upside to allowing goalies to get hurt handling the puck.
I think the trapazoid should go, because I think its affecting how defensemen are able to handle the puck behind the net and subsequently getting hit. However, if the concern is that the Brodeur/Turco/Mike Smiths dominate play too much... make all goalie use straight blade sticks. Ask a goalie- not using a curved stick diminished his ability to stickhandle at an enormous level.
I like 4x4, 3x3 in OT... but no points for any loss, ever.
I think any high potential injury producing play should be penalized aggressively. Players do not respect each other any more.
And no, no, no, NO on removing the red line. The game has improved dramatically in speed as is.