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What About This Idea Coming Out Of The GM Meetings?

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Here’s one we didn’t see coming: St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong was touting moving the hashmarks further apart — from three feet in the NHL to the Olympic-sized five feet — to minimize obstruction off a faceoff.

“Lots of support for that in our (break out) group,” Detroit GM Ken Holland said. “Less obstruction, less interference off the draws. Probably would lead to less centre icemen getting kicked out … because of the jostling around.”

Who knew that was a problem?

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RockWestfall711's avatar

An excellent idea but, AGAIN, they are avoiding the elephant in the room which is that goaltenders are now bigger than the goals.  The game, size of players, and equipment have all evolved.  If you watch a game from the 1970’s you will notice that there was still plenty of net to shoot at against Ken Dryden, the biggest goalie at that time.  Until they make the nets bigger they are just wasting time on the margins and ignoring the one issue that would actually make a difference.  If the nets were bigger, and relative to the amount of net available to shoot at 30 and 40 years ago, there would be more games settled before the shootout and, who knows, perhaps better TV ratings as well…

Posted by RockWestfall711 from Las Vegas on 03/11/14 at 11:19 AM ET

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Plus, they need to be MEN!!!!!

Posted by Garth on 03/11/14 at 12:39 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I’d much rather they address the faceoff issue of “Tell the linesman to drop the motherf***ing puck already and to stop being a jag-off randomly tossing players just because he can”.

Posted by Primis on 03/11/14 at 12:43 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

I’d much rather they address the faceoff issue of “Tell the linesman to drop the motherf***ing puck already and to stop being a jag-off randomly tossing players just because he can”.

Posted by Primis on 03/11/14 at 12:43 PM ET

This.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 03/11/14 at 01:51 PM ET

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Posted by RockWestfall711 from Las Vegas on 03/11/14 at 11:19 AM ET

It’s a chicken/egg discussion. 

Sure, goalie pads were smaller in the 70’s, but they also played with wooden sticks and had less control of where they could actually put the puck. 

I don’t see how “more games could be settled before the shootout”.  Both teams would have the same sized net to shoot at. 

Say the NHL makes the nets bigger.  So goalies begin to adapt larger pads.  Or say further limits pad size, so teams are forced to find larger and larger goaltenders.  On and on and on. 

One could hit this on so many angles: bigger nets, smaller equipment, allow kicking/punching goals, etc.  To say that bigger nets will solve this supposed “scoring problem” is only referencing a small detail in the grand scheme of things.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/11/14 at 03:27 PM ET

phillyd's avatar

They don’t need bigger nets. That’s always been the complaint/solution in soccer. A league tested it. Scoring didn’t go up at all. Why? Because everyone still felt like they had to hit the corners of the net with their shots to actually score a goal. They slimmed down the goalie pads this year and what happened? Scoring hasn’t gone anywhere and if it has, it’s gone down. Why? Because you have, at the NHL level, freakish athletes in goal. The bigger issue is the blocked shots. I’ll give a radical idea, eliminate offsides altogether. Players are bigger/quicker now then they were in the past, no need to hem 10 plus a goalie in 75ft. Keep the redline for icing only other then that, it’s free ice, roam as you see fit.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 03/11/14 at 03:47 PM ET

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