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More games like Games 1 and 4, however, and they're going to have to start building bigger arenas. If the NHL ever decides to make entertainment a priority, let the most talented players play and get away from the lowest common denominator wins philosophy, they'll truly have a product they can put up against any other sport.

-Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star where you can read more on the Stanley Cup Final.

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MoreShoot's avatar

Maybe they should try glowing puck trails.  I know: blue for medium fast shots, and red for really fast shots!  Now that’s entertainment!!

Posted by MoreShoot on 06/20/13 at 08:39 AM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Totally agree with Cox on this one.
Game 4 was fan-freakin-tastic!

There is nothing better than a hard-fought game where the stars shine and are allowed to showcase their talents.

Posted by Hank1974 on 06/20/13 at 09:05 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

I love hockey games with scoring almost as frequent as basketball games. Defense is boring. First save wins it!

(/sarcasm)

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 06/20/13 at 09:17 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Shocked that a Toronto beat writer would love the games that the Bruins lost.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/20/13 at 09:18 AM ET

Hank1974's avatar

You’re right redxblack. Because 6-5 is the exact same as 103-100.

/sarcasm.

Posted by Hank1974 on 06/20/13 at 09:20 AM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

You’re right redxblack. Because 6-5 is the exact same as 103-100.

/sarcasm.

The problem with ever boosting scoring, to grow the score-loving fan base, is that you have to be forever tweaking rules for playing defense—creating more reasons to call penalties—and that, IMO, just invites more diving.

Posted by MoreShoot on 06/20/13 at 09:35 AM ET

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The problem with ever boosting scoring, to grow the score-loving fan base, is that you have to be forever tweaking rules for playing defense—creating more reasons to call penalties—and that, IMO, just invites more diving.

But that’s the main issue with the NHL. They’re always making up stupid rules to help increase scoring when there’s a very simple solution; make the nets 2” wider and taller.
Heck, you might only have to shrink the posts to 1” in diameter.
There’s at least 3 or 4 posts hit every game. At least 1 or 2 of those would be in with shaved posts. Suddenly the league is average 6.5 to 7.5 gpg without making any more dumb rules.

Simply put, the ice and nets are too small for how the game has evolved.
Players are too big (including the goalies and their equipment) and too fast.
And all that size and speed is used on the defensive end. There’s no room to move.
So by simply increasing the size of the scoring area by a few inches, it can help out a bit.

The only other rule I’d like to see the NHL try in preseason is the Bob Gainey rule of disallowing defenders to leave their feet to block a shot or pass.
You’d have more pucks get through, players wouldn’t get injured, and you wouldn’t have to endure Rangers games where you had to endure watching 6 goalies on the ice at all times.

Posted by Hank1974 on 06/20/13 at 09:43 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

More games like Games 1 and 4, however, and they’re going to have to start building bigger arenas.

Obviously Cox doesn’t understand the business side of hockey. If the game gets more exciting and that, in turn, increases demand, the correct approach is to reduce the supply (the number of seats) so you can charge more per seat. If he has any questions about that, he can contact Jimmy Devallano for all the details.

[And I wish that was sarcasm.]

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/20/13 at 10:11 AM ET

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The Cox comment was a take on the Conn Smythe comment (I think it was old Connie who said it)...something to the effect of “if we keep allowing fighting in the game, we’re going to have to start building bigger arenas”.  I’m pretty sure Cox gets the concept of supply and demand.

Posted by Mick Kern on 06/20/13 at 10:22 AM ET

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I’d much rather watch a 2-0 shutout than a 6-5 overtime game.  Goals aren’t supposed to come easy. It’s supposed to be a big deal when one gets scored.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 06/20/13 at 10:26 AM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Goals aren’t supposed to come easy. It’s supposed to be a big deal when one gets scored.

and I used to tell my son—actually still do—that’s why it’s the NHL.  I’m kind of a stick in the mud on this one.  I like it hard.

Posted by MoreShoot on 06/20/13 at 10:43 AM ET

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everything I type starts to sound like sour grapes, so I have given up.  I would simply like to say, I agree with cox.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 06/20/13 at 11:09 AM ET

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Considering Hank’s one of those types that thinks blocking shots should be some sort of penalty I’m not surprised he liked last nights shitty SCF game.

Posted by realmk on 06/20/13 at 11:19 AM ET

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Posted by Mick Kern on 06/20/13 at 10:22 AM ET


OTC’s sour like the rest of us about how, as classy as the Orgin-I-zation claims to be, they have no problems telling the fans they plan on pricing out the blue-collar ones from attending games.  For a team that probably receives more state-wide support than any other, save Minn, but from a state that’s been suffering economically since 1980, and 3 years after a housing bubble burst.

So we READ Damien Cox.. but it’s Jimmy D we’re seething about

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/20/13 at 11:19 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

So we READ Damien Cox.. but it’s Jimmy D we’re seething about

Exactly, HTO.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/20/13 at 11:23 AM ET

Forlorn in VA's avatar

Jimmy D needs to gtfo, but the Ilitch’s are responsible for that decision too.

Posted by Forlorn in VA on 06/20/13 at 11:34 AM ET

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Gotcha.

Posted by Mick Kern on 06/20/13 at 03:12 PM ET

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