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by Paul on 02/24/13 at 10:42 AM ET
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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