Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/11/12 at 12:43 PM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
St. Louis Blues coach Hitchcock won’t be at the general managers’ meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., this week discussing rule changes, but he has coached with and without a red line through his 1,097 games and he’d like it back in.
“With a red line it forces more of a puck-control game through the neutral zone, rather than a dumpand-chase game,” said Hitchcock. “There’s no puck-possession now, but a red line would bring back the playmaking centre. The centre who buys space and time would be back. Those nifty guys we saw before, they’re not around much anymore.”
Hitchcock concedes the old days with a red-line often slowed the game down because they allowed clutching and grabbing. It became a plodding affair. “As long as they keep the standards up (no lassoing), it’ll be fine. It’s always hard changing the rules back, but I think the red line would work,” said Hitchcock.
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