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I’m a giant Yzerman slappy but I have to disagree with this statement:

Game can’t live up to the standard it was seven years ago, you gotta allow players to compete 1-on-1

It’s that exact reason why the game has gone back a step or two since the lockout.
If you allowed NBA players to battle hard like that one-on-one, then top performers like Bryant or Durant would be scoring 8 points a night and every game would be 34-30.

I have no problems battling hard, but I think the one area the NHL has really, really slipped since 05 is letting guys muck it up before they even get to the puck.
In 05-06, you were not allowed to touch anyone until they had the puck.
Now, if you watch guys race to a loose puck, you’re allowed to hit and interfere before they get to the puck.

But I will agree whole-heartedly on this Yzerman point:

systems have changed to combat a more wide open game, that prevents offense more than calling more penalties for interference

Very true.
The problem is, there’s just not enough room to operate.
And when you have a team of 18 skaters that are anywhere from being described as fast to super-fast, and add in a very conservative defensive system, offenses will be stifled.
Everyone on the ice is worrying about their own end first, second and third. Offense is way in the backseat of most guys minds and coaches play to score on the PP, not even-strength.

If the league actually cared to add more even-strength offense, something drastic would need to occur such as making the ice bigger, or going to 4-on-4 full time, or increasing the size of the net - or perhaps a combo of the 3.

But as it stands, I think the league, and most of the fans are happy with 5.3 goals-per-game with 95% of those goals being of the rebound, deflection or screen variety - where you need multiple replays and angles to figure out who scored.

I know now I’m in the great minority when it comes to this topic and that’s why my interest in NHL hockey has really depleted over the years.

Posted by Hank1974 on 08/22/12 at 03:13 PM ET


I don’t know how someone can watch the games and say there isn’t a significant difference in officiating from several years ago. Way more hooking, much more lenience on interference—not the violent hit variety, but on dump/chase and more subtle nudges along the boards on players w/o possession.

I would say that even from Pre-ASG 2011 to the end of 2012, there was a drastically different standard of officiating on these infractions. One possible impetus was to protect players from hits from behind to the end boards, but all over the ice, more was allowed.

It should be noted that this is not entirely responsible for the decline in scoring at ES. I’m not sure what percentage of the decreased offense I would attribute to more obstruction—30%, or more? It’s allowed some defensive systems to be more effective because defenseman can stand up forwards; they proliferate, and it has a significant effect on the product. More should be done to reduce obstruction, even if it is only one part of the perceived problem.

Posted by Dave on 08/22/12 at 05:16 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Dave, you’re very right.
Even this year, after New Years, the standard seemed to drop.
By the Cup finals, whistles were swallowed (with Bernier as an exception).

Posted by Hank1974 on 08/22/12 at 05:44 PM ET


Guess Yzerman’s one of the bad guys when it comes to making the game to a watchable product. No, Steve, I do not want to watch Nugent-Hopkins unable to create a play because Hal Gill’s hugging him 20 minutes a night. I watch hockey to see guys like RNH makes great plays, not to see guys like Gill tug on their jerseys. I don’t know what’s worse, this statement or his foolish notion that the game sucks because not enough breakouts get stuffed in the neutral zone.

Posted by larry from pitt on 08/22/12 at 05:49 PM ET


Colin Campbell, another person who somehow has a job preaching stupidity.

Posted by FlyersFan on 08/22/12 at 06:32 PM ET


Until the playoffs are officiated the same way as the regular season all this blathering is meaningless.  Mucking grabbing etc still wins in the playoffs.  The refs have to call penalties.  It’s that simple.  The rules have to be consistent.  The stars should not get away with things because they are Stars. 

Weber should have been suspended, what he did was wrong. 

The League has to get away from this notion that calling penalties decides games.  Not calling them decides games too.

They don’t need new rules just enforce the old ones.

Posted by 13 user names on 08/22/12 at 11:53 PM ET

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