Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/18/05 at 11:55 PM ET
Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman has played 13 games in the new-rules NHL. He would like to see some of the old NHL back. "Everybody keeps saying this is great. It's not great," Yzerman said. "It's not hockey." "There are penalties all over," he said. "I'll just use Mathieu Schneider's penalty as an example. He steps up and takes his guy out, and his stick gets caught and the crowd cheers so the referee puts his hand up. There has to be some discretion. The referees have to use some judgment on what is a penalty and what is not. They've taken judgment out of it and I think it's somewhat made it easy on the referees just to call anything, because there is no judgment. "Good referees used to have good judgment. Now they've taken that out of the game. I'm not saying I'm blaming the referees for it, I just feel the whole thing has to be adjusted and they have to look at this seriously. They can't continue to call irrelevant things that have no business being called."
update, Sunday 3:05pm, The guys on CBC talked about this at length yesterday during the Hot Stove. You can read a bit about it here.
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