Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/05/05 at 09:36 AM ET
Storylines abound as the new season takes shape. League-wide, there are the new rules that figure to open up the game and create more scoring and shootouts will be used to eliminate ties and the size of goaltenders' equipment has been reduced 11 percent. There will be much attention paid to the standard of enforcement of the rules that has seen the referees whistle down hooking, holding and slashing, thus giving the players the opportunity to move the puck and create more offense. It has been an ongoing process throughout the preseason to change the mindset of players, coaches and even officials about the need to see the game accelerate.
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