Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/25/06 at 04:13 PM ET
For the first time since coaches and players started pushing the slash-and-grab envelope to the extreme, the NHL is proactively taking on the role as spring steward. It's too early to tell how this standard of enforcement will play out for the rest of the postseason, but there are some early pros and cons. PRO When the game is played at equal strength, it is unquestionably faster. Players are entering the offensive zones with speed and putting the defense on its heels. CON Power plays slow the game down. Players become stationary. The up-and-down action is stifled and that stops the hitting. I know the NHL's response is that if the players follow the rules, everything will be fine, but I think the stripes can let a little more go in terms of the physical play down low.read on...plus looking at the NHL Draft...
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