Entries with the tag: rules
The NHL has a not-so-pretty track record of going overboard comes to rule changes; in the past, they either made rules that seemed nonsensical (whoever thought a two-line pass would be a good rule?) or they wound up mucking up their own rules with crazy flowcharts of “if-then” statements for interpretation. Case in point—the ever-popular intent-to-blow rule.
It seems like just about every team has been screwed out of at least one goal with the whole intent-to-blow debacle, and it’s not getting any better. When we came out of the lockout, the first few years were all about rainbows and harmony when it came to the rules. The “new” NHL (with a logo going UP instead of down!) and the “new” rules (actually, just the old rules finally being called) made everyone as happy as Luke Skywalker buying power converters.
I’ll leave the rant about the return of obstruction for a more appropriate time, like the playoffs. I think we all know everyone’s big complaint is the whole intent-to-blow rule, and it makes me think back to the late 1990s when skates in the crease were all the rage.
Is there anyone out there that actively supports hits to the head? Bueller? Bueller?
I don’t think anyone wants to see what happened to Brandon Sutter, and I’m constantly surprised at the fact that every time this happens, the NHLPA does nothing—you’d think the safety of their players would truly be their primary concern. I’ve often been in favor of penalizing hits to the head—it’s not exactly a new concept in hockey, after all, and the stuff that can happen later in life due to concussions is downright frightening. However, the execution of such a rule in the NHL is the subject of endless debate.
There’s a valid argument about the position Sutter was in when Doug Weight ran him over. With that in mind, here’s an attempt at a compromise rule: