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“Regardless of whether it’s 1-0 or 5-4, you can have exciting hockey games,” said Yzerman. “We made dramatic changes to the game coming out of the lockout and some of them have been very positive and some of them have had a negative effect on the game. I wasn’t really in favour of making dramatic changes three or four years ago and I’m certainly not in favour in making any changes at the time being. Let’s just play the game and continue to develop good young players from all over the world. We cannot keep tinkering.’‘
more on the BOG meeting from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.
Well said Steve and this is how I feel about the game. We have had 2-1 games that have been exciting and 7-2 games that put me to sleep.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
...Well, as far as I’m concerned, the verdict is in and removing the red line has been a failure.
None of us has anything more than anecdotal evidence on this one, but I believe that removing the center red line has stifled far more chances than it has created.
The long stretch passes that sprung talented forwards for breakaways are almost non-existent now. Instead, they’ve been replaced by a line of defenders in the neutral zone that has formed because teams are scared to death about giving up the breakaway pass.
From Howard Fendrich at the Sun Herald,
Heading into today’s game at Carolina, the Capitals are 2-1-1 under Boudreau, giving them the same number of points from those four games as they earned in the previous 13.
“That’s what Bruce is trying to preach: Expect to win every night,” goalie Olie Kolzig said.
Boudreau will have to wait until next week, when the Capitals have five days off in a row, to fully implement his system. It calls for aggressive, attacking play, including asking defensemen to press forward, and it was responsible for an AHL championship in 2005-06, his first season with Hershey.
from the Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
...What they found — with only one or two dissenting views — was all good.
That the so-called “new NHL”, minus most of the hooking, holding and obstruction of the pre-lockout era, was a far better product than what they had before; that hockey-related revenues will establish record highs again this year, meaning the salary-cap will go up for next season; and that even the decline in goal-scoring (almost a full goal per game over the same period two years ago) was not enough to raise alarm bells at hockey operations.
“We need not be revolutionary, we need not be impatient,” said commissioner Gary Bettman. “We need to see how it evolves and how it all settles in and if we need to make tweaks, we shouldn’t be afraid, if we’re convinced they’re necessary.”
added 5:48pm, from the CP via TSN,
But a model that’s already gaining steam possibly in time for the 2009-10 season is the 84-game concept put forward by the Detroit Red Wings. It features 30 games against teams from the other conference - a home-and-home. It’s a proposal that has also caught the eye of new NHL Players’ Association executive director Paul Kelly.
more on the proposed schedule…
From the AP via TSN,
A St. Louis County jury has awarded US$9.5 million in a wrongful-death lawsuit involving former NHL player Rob Ramage, whose drunk-driving accident in Ontario in 2003 resulted in the death of former Chicago Blackhawks star Keith Magnuson.
Magnuson’s wife and two children filed the suit against Ramage and National Car Rentals of Canada. The jury deliberated about two hours.
The Anaheim Ducks assigned center Mark Mowers to SC Bern of the Swiss National League prior to Friday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Acquired from the Boston Bruins via trade in September, the 33-year-old scored one goal in 17 games with Anaheim this season.
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has voted to play all upcoming international tournaments scheduled for North America between 2008-2012 – including the 2008 World Championship – on NHL-size rinks.
Generally, IIHF tournaments are played on international-size rinks, which measure 200 feet long by 100 feet wide. The NHL ice surface is 200 feet long by 85 feet wide.
To compensate for the loss in ice width, the IIHF Council, voting in Zurich, will use NHL ice markings. The blue line on an NHL rink is 64 feet from the end boards, while international-size rinks place the blue line just 58 feet out.
From Luke Decock at the News & Observer,
Where did all the goals go?
“Am I satisfied with one goal [Wednesday] night? No,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “Do I think we’re going to score one goal consistently game after game? No. I don’t think it’s a fluke that we’ve put in the goals we have since the year started. All teams go through it.”
There are no excuses now: With Scott Walker back, all 13 Carolina forwards are healthy for tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals. They’re just not producing.
Rod Brind’Amour has three goals in the past seven games. Matt Cullen, Jeff Hamilton, Eric Staal, Cory Stillman, Ray Whitney and Justin Williams have combined for seven. Carolina’s defense, meanwhile, has chipped in only three goals all season.
“I feel when we’re confident and playing our best, there aren’t too many teams that can compete with us,” Thornton said. “That’s the raw deal. But we just haven’t been getting it from everybody right now. But I really do still believe that after 20-something games, we haven’t even hit the sky yet. We’ve got a lot to improve, but we’ll get there this year.”
more on the Sharks in this piece from Scott Burnside of ESPN.
from Allen St. John at the Wall Street Journal,
What’s seems to be at work here is nothing less than Darwinism on ice. Under the old rules, a team’s defense could do more to protect the goalie, and plays would develop more slowly. Over 2½ seasons of wide-open hockey, the goalie’s world has changed. He’s facing more and better shots. (In 2005-06, Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers set the league record for shots faced, with 2,488.) The greater number of quality scoring chances puts a premium on a goalie’s skills….
What does the future hold for NHL netminders? The league has considered increasing the size of the crease, and the rate at which goalies have adjusted to the recent rule changes may hasten this development. If it does come to pass, expect the league’s top goalies to grumble—and then figure out a way to keep those flying pucks in front of them.
read on... and I hope maybe it was a typo with “increasing the size of the crease”. The size of the nets, yes, increasing the size of the crease would mean even less goals…
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