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Watch Those Line Changes

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

GMs may also talk about on-the-fly line changes, as in the fact some teams are taking advantage of them, making them long changes.

Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford believes it’s somewhat out of control how players are jumping on the ice in transition way before they should be and it’s thwarting the offensive rush.

“You’ve got five guys that are 30 feet from the bench with the other five guys already having gone on the ice and they’re already in the play where the play has transitioned to,” Rutherford told ESPN.com Thursday. “It’s happening every game with every team—our team does it, too. Line changes have really gotten out of hand.”

So if GMs agree on this, look for the league to direct on-ice officials to keep a closer eye on this.

a few more topics that have not been mentioned before that may be brought up at the GM meetings…

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Primis's avatar

I think it’s a good idea.  I agree, it’s out of hand.

Posted by Primis on 03/11/12 at 04:19 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

It is probably out of hand But the clutching & grabbing are more out of hand

Posted by Evilpens on 03/11/12 at 05:11 PM ET

Baroque's avatar

It is probably out of hand But the clutching & grabbing are more out of hand

Posted by Evilpens on 03/11/12 at 03:11 PM ET

Exactly. There are quite enough things the officials aren’t keeping “in hand” as it is, and now there should be another one added to the list? I’d rather they get the stuff they are supposed to be dealing with right now under control before any other tasks are added to their slate.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 03/11/12 at 05:19 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Thing is, this is one of those things that’s already on the books, in black and white.  They’re just not calling it.  It all ties together IMHO.

Posted by Primis on 03/11/12 at 05:37 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

It seems rather obvious to me that the NHL’s already tossed out a mandate to, “Slow down the game to make it safer” via allowing everything but horizontal stick fouls and the, “If he falls, it’s a call” penalties, but the refs are letting far more than the grabs, gropes, wrestling, football tackling and the kinds of moving and stationary picks that literally prevent players from getting to the puck or separate puck carriers from scoring chances by any means—we’re seeing just as much, if not more players lining their opponents up for vicious collisions via you-stop-him-I’ll-rail-him plays (see: Mike Green) and some absolutely ridiculous hacks and whacks to hands, wrists and ankles, dangerous trips, slew-foots, kneeing, butt-ending, boarding, etc., all of that crap is being let go to “protect” the players.

To spare the players’ heads, the league’s told its referees to allow everything else go, and the stupid irony thereof is that as long as players continue to skate into collisions at full speed—which will never change regardless of whether there’s a red line in play or whether obstruction and everything but the stupidest ticky-tack fouls are allowed, because players are still “finishing” their opponents and are charging into checks because charging was all but eliminated from the rulebook a long time ago—and all these added bumps, pulls, tugs and especially hard checks into the boards are just as likely to cause a player’s brain to jostle around in his skull as collisions at high speed are because any lateral acceleration of the head means the possibility of head trauma.

It’s force equals mass times acceleration, not force equals mass times speed, and between hard shoulder and elbow pads, the size and strength of players and the fact that helmets are designed to prevent severely traumatic brain injuries and skull fractures, not concussions, and because guys getting popped in the chin, cheek, temple or even just getting bumped in ways which cause their heads to jerk back and forth in a violent manner, and that all those different ways of imparting lateral acceleration to the head can yield concussions just as easily as two players skating into each other at high speed…

All the NHL’s done by empowering its officials to call fewer penalties is to rob fans of scoring chances and rob fans of entertainment value by returning the game to the depths of its pre-lockout snoozefests as teams happily play defense, defense and more defense to drag games toward overtime and shootouts.

Not calling obstruction and allowing “playoff rules” levels of hacking, whacking and picking to occur during the regular season does nothing to improve player safety. It just decreases the amount of bang fans receive for their hard-earned bucks.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/11/12 at 05:45 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Sounds like they’re going to talk about everything EXCEPT going to a soft-cap shoulder pad in proportion to your body.  Also is the most common sense way to get people to stop launching themselves at crazy speeds into people.  Must just make too much sense to consider it.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/11/12 at 05:53 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

George the People that run the NHL must have been govt. bureaucrats in another life. They “Try” to remedy a Problem with a “Cure” that is not a cure & only leads to another Problem for which ONLY they have the “Cure”

Posted by Evilpens on 03/11/12 at 06:43 PM ET

UMFan's avatar

George the People that run the NHL must have been govt. bureaucrats in another life.

The common link you are looking is lawyers. A bunch of the GM’s have law degrees.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 03/11/12 at 07:55 PM ET

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