Kukla's Korner Hockey
by IwoCPO on 11/03/06 at 08:31 AM ET
At the beginning of the season, the National Hockey League announced that the duration of TV timeouts would be increased by 20 seconds. Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun writes this morning that coaches are putting that extra time to good use.
It's a gold mine," said the Maple Leafs' Paul Maurice.
"It's seems like a very small detail," said the Atlanta Thrashers' Bob Hartley, "but that two-minute timeout, rather than a minute or a minute-and-a-half is a huge difference."
In Maurice's case, it's the reason Mats Sundin's ice time has increased so dramatically this season. In Hartley's case, it's the reason Ilya Kovalchuk is third among NHL forwards in average ice time with 22:22.
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