Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/08/05 at 08:09 PM ET
Kris Draper hopes new rules and a crackdown on obstruction will erase the neutral zone trap from the NHL lexicon. "Let's hope we don't hear that word 'trap' anymore," the Detroit Red Wings veteran said Thursday on a conference call. "I think everyone realizes what a negative impact it had on the game. "It really slowed things down. Teams were successful playing that way, but it didn't lead to exciting hockey." The NHL has promised higher-scoring, more free-flowing hockey when play resumes Oct. 5 after the 2004-05 season was wiped out by the lockout. One of the aims is to rid the league of the stifling defensive systems like the dreaded trap that saw top offensive stars more often fighting through traffic at centre ice than making crowd-pleasing dashes to the net.
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