Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/29/05 at 08:07 PM ET
In terms of speed, the game is infinitely better than it was two years ago. Clutching and grabbing has gone the way of the wooden stick; goals are up; chances are way up; and the overtime shootout keeps fans in the seats, then puts them on the edge of them. But this "zero tolerance" thing with interference has to go. The NHL made significant steps in improving the game by allowing two-line passes, expanding the offensive zones and reducing the size of goaltenders' equipment. But the players have been blindsided by the "letter of the law" interpretations of the rules and as a result, the NHL is dangerously close to losing many of the fans it lured back after 17 months in the dark. "Zero tolerance is a hard way to start a season because to me that's an overreaction," said a former gap-toothed center who looks an awful lot like Bob Clarke. "(Referees) don't have a choice. They just call it." Don't consider this as much an indictment of the new NHL and its officials; rather as a recommendation.
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