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How To Increase Goal Scoring

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bosotn Globe,

... I hit Milbury with a list of five easy ways to increase goal-scoring. Here are some of his thoughts:

■  Increase the net size from the current 4 by 6 feet. Not a favorite of mine, but probably the simplest, most effective change.

Milbury: “They looked at this during the last lockout, to the point where they developed prototypes, bigger nets and different designs. Hey, why not? People say it will mess the record book. Who cares? You just make note in the record book that you went to a bigger net one year, 2020 or whatever. We’ve got bigger goaltenders wearing bigger and bigger pads. So, make the nets bigger. In a perverse way, it may lead to goalies wearing smaller gear. If the net’s bigger, they’ll have to scramble more, and that should be harder if they’re all bulked up like they are now.’’

■  Substantial revision in the icing standard (i.e. whistle icing even when clubs are shorthanded, killing penalties). In fact, add a penalty for delay of game when shorthanded teams ice the puck.

Milbury: “I’m not sure I would go as far as adding a penalty. But I agree with calling the icing. Blow the whistle, don’t allow a change, and bring the puck back to the end where the penalty was being killed.

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SK77's avatar

I can’t imagine goal scoring ever being enough of an issue that anyone should be going to Mike Milbury for answers.

Shrink the goal pads and perhaps reincorporate icing during penalty kills. Everything else mentioned seemed pretty extreme at a glance.

Posted by SK77 on 02/24/13 at 11:12 AM ET

JBytes's avatar

I say don’t allow the penalised team to change its penalty killers before the two minute mark.

Posted by JBytes on 02/24/13 at 12:10 PM ET

madhatter's avatar

Make the rink size a hybrid, 91’ wide (extra 6 feet) x 206’ long (extra 6 feet of neutral zone).

Posted by madhatter on 02/24/13 at 12:22 PM ET

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I like the idea of a bigger net, the “key” is too foreign for hockey, though it would be interesting to see how it works in trial. The no icing is a good idea for penalty kills.  Of course smaller goalie gear is essential, but it appears there is no ability to pull this off. Between the union and goalie objections, and manufactured fear of injury, it is a non starter.

Posted by timbits on 02/24/13 at 02:30 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

.. I hit Milbury with a list of five easy ways to increase goal-scoring.

Apparently, you didn’t hit him hard enough.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/24/13 at 04:52 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

My suggestions:

- Eliminate a high stick goal as being invalid.  Double minutes if you hit someone in the face.

- Remove the “intent to blow the whistle” rule.

- Distinct kicking motions should be encouraged.

- Tell the refs to back off on the calls a little bit; letting the game flow naturally is huge in a higher scoring, more watchable game.  If anyone saw the world juniors this year you know what I’m talking about.

- (this’ll never happen) International ice.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 02/25/13 at 10:24 PM ET

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