Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/17/05 at 11:31 AM ET
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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