Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/16/06 at 08:46 AM ET
"It's a game right now where smaller players have a chance to play in this league right now," said Rangers defenseman Darius Kasparaitis, who is entering his 16th NHL season. "Before, people were concentrating on size. As long as he was a big boy, they would take them. But now with the new rules and the speed of the game, a smaller player has a better chance to make the league because they're harder to stop." One year after the NHL returned from the year-long lockout with a host of skills-friendly rules changes, the physical makeup of teams might be changing as well. By cracking down on the clutching and grabbing that had slowed the game down to a grind, the league now affords more space to a player who once might have been undersized. By allowing two-line passes, those same players are also allowed to generate more speed up ice.read on
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