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Changes The Players Would Make To The Game

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

Big Question: What changes would you make to the game and why?

You listening, commissioner? As the 2017-18 season approaches, ESPN asked NHL stars to do a little role-playing: Pretend you are Gary Bettman. What is one rule change you would institute to improve the NHL? We purposely left the question vague to gather a plethora of responses. The players sound off:...

Patrick Kane, C, Chicago Blackhawks: For the [coaches'] challenges, get the answer quicker. Don't let it be delayed as much. It's got to be quicker. Sometimes we already know what the answer is going to be a couple minutes before that. I know they need to hit the angles and figure it out to perfection, but it would be nice to see that a little bit quicker.

Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks: I'd penalize guys for diving more.

Taylor Hall, W, New Jersey Devils: No three-point games anymore. I think it would make it more exciting. You look at the standings and you're like, 'Oh, so-and-so is .500.' But they're really not. They're 13-13-6, but they're really 13-19. I think it would make a big difference.

many more players respond...

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TreKronor's avatar

Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks: I’d penalize guys for diving more.

Alright, I lol’d in a quiet office when I read this.

Posted by TreKronor on 09/13/17 at 11:59 AM ET


I was surprised they aren’t concerned about the hits to the head and brain health.  It’s a very hot topic now

Posted by SlimChance on 09/13/17 at 08:56 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks: I’d penalize guys for diving more.

Look who is calling the kettle black. Would love see the rules enforced for diving. Teams like the Slackhawks and Cindy would be spending the whole game in the penalty box. I know wishful thinking. mad

Posted by bigfrog on 09/13/17 at 09:18 PM ET


I am going to loooooove Taylor Hall. Why are some of the round-robin games worthy of three points while some other ones are alloted only with 2 points? Games with overtime wins are no more worthy than regulation win games!

Posted by tutoka on 09/14/17 at 01:56 AM ET

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