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Leave the Game Alone

from the Canadian Press,
Larry Robinson is anxious for the National Hockey League to return, but he doesn't think much of proposed rule changes to the game. "You're going to need a Harvard law degree to figure out what is a penalty and what isn't," the Hall of Fame defenceman said. Robinson added a startling statement for a man who was just named Thursday to his second coming as head coach of the New Jersey Devils: "If they bring in most of the stuff they say they're going to, I don't know if I want to come back and coach." When the league's players and governors ratify the new collective bargaining agreement next week, the NHL is expected to announce a set of rule changes designed to create more scoring opportunities. The aim is to sell the new-look game to an audience tired of defensive-oriented hockey, particularly in the United States, where TV ratings for the NHL have been abysmal. Robinson doesn't think much of any of it. "I'm a fan of leaving the game alone," he said. "The game has survived since, what, the early 1800s and it has been played a certain way. Now, all of a sudden, you've got all these changes coming in?" Robinson believes the NHL could increase the number of scoring chances simply by calling hooking and holding penalties according to the existing rule book.

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SandysWingingit's avatar

So TV ratings are important… I get that. What I don’t understand is why the league feels so strongly that more scoring is the key that is going to increase the fan base for hockey and improve TV ratings. Are there really that many people out there on the fence thinking, “you know, if there was more scoring in hockey, I’d watch that game” ?

I’m not an NBA fan (too much scoring, lol)... but I doubt there’s anything the NBA could do to make me a convert. I’ve had plenty of exposure…I just don’t like it.

Posted by SandysWingingit on 01/12/13 at 09:30 PM ET

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