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by petshark on 08/10/11 at 10:22 PM ET
Since there isn’t much going on aside from the Captain’s Practice (about which I will have a few words ready in the morning, I hope), here are some thoughts about some of the new rule ideas they will be testing at the R & D Camp.
Allow hand passes in all zones
Um, no. This is hockey. Even a newbie can tell that allowing players to bat the puck around with their hands undermines the essence of the game and I can’t see what possible safety benefit it would provide. Speed up the game? Oh come on, at what cost? Part of me wants to say “no hand-passes anywhere ever!” but I hate to pick on defense.
This is an awesome idea. Hugs are much nicer than face plants into the boards.
I can see how the bear-hug might be abused: it is much easier to contain someone if you can just wrap him up, protecting him from a horrible head or neck injury. Look after his shoulders too, and all his other parts. Better hang on to him for a good 30 seconds or so just to be sure he’s okay. You’ll know he’s fine when he elbows you in the face trying to get away.
Seriously, the kinks in that one are worth working out, I do like it.
Remove the trapezoid
This will let the goalies with brilliant puck-moving skills show them off. Unfair! Hardly anybody has a goalie like that.
No icing permitted while shorthanded
That is just too cruel. I don’t like it. In fact, if it were instituted, every time my team took a penalty I might cry.
All penalties to be served in their entirety
This seems to remove the added sting of major penalties, since being served in their entirety is part of why they are so dreaded. I understand how it would increase scoring on power plays but it still doesn’t seem all that necessary.
Verification line(additional line behind the goal line)
Not sure how adding more lines to not be seen will help.
In-net camera: a mounted camera with view focused on the goal line to help verify goals
I guess this sounds good, though I’m pretty sure Luongo could still figure out how to get between the camera and the puck, a skill all goalies should strive to perfect.
Overtime variation-4v4 then 3v3
This might be fun, though it gets complicated when they have to deal with penalties during OT. How low can they go?
Maybe a little more shallow would be good. The puck would have less net to get all balled up in, and there would be more room behind the net. But not very much more shallow. It seems unfair to keep picking on the goalies.
Shootout variation (5-man shootout with repeat players if tied after 5 shooters)
N’ah. Everybody ropes, everybody rides. (That isn’t really true even on a cattle ranch, but in theory it is more fun.)
For God’s sake decide on this already. Why is it still even a question?
On-ice officials communication using ref-to-ref wireless
This may seem like a cool and efficient plan, but in reality one must consider the popularity of baseball. Obviously, fans like watching people stand around talking in hushed tones, so “no” to wireless communications. In fact, it would be better if the officials did not have skates on either, so we could watch them walk slowly across the ice to convene prior to the much-anticipated standing around.
In conclusion: a great big yes to the bear-hug rule. That’s really the only one I feel very strongly about.
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