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Yzerman Wants The Red Line Back

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

If Steve Yzerman has his way, the NHL will reinstate the center red line next season in order to promote the play-making he says the game sorely lacks.

“I don’t like the way the game is played anymore,” the Lightning general manager said Saturday. “All the rule changes we made we designed to increase the skill level, but it’s become a slap shot from the far blue line and a guy chips it in and you go chase.”

Reinstating the red line and, by consequence, the illegal two-line pass is just one of the issues to be discussed at the GM meetings Monday through Wednesday in Boca Raton. It piques Yzerman’s interest even apart from the discussion about how reinstating the red line might reduce injuries caused by the speed of the game.


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HockeyFanOhio's avatar

Agree with him on the icing and pads issue.  As far as pads go I think they should cut down on goalie pads too.  Disagree with him on the red line.  Cut down on the clutching and grabbing, like it says in the rule book, and skaters will have a better chance to get in the zone cleanly and won’t have to dump and chase as much.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 03/10/12 at 07:54 PM ET

DocF's avatar

Cut down on the clutching and grabbing, like it says in the rule book, and skaters will have a better chance to get in the zone cleanly and won’t have to dump and chase as much.

That requires a level of competence which is totally lacking in the current NHL officials.  They can call these penalties and then everyone will be complaining about the parade to the penalty box.  Remember Rob Shick?  He called them all and he got canned.


Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 03/10/12 at 09:05 PM ET

phillyd's avatar

That and his coach already teaches a system that would be more suffocating then anything the Devils ever did if the red line was back in.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 03/10/12 at 09:23 PM ET


What exactly would bringing the red line back do to address clutch and grab or chip and chase?

Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.

Look, there is a reason the neutral zone trap worked so well, and it’s not just because refs suck.  It’s that when a team has to make at least two passes to get into the offensive zone the odds that a team which just sat 3 or 4 guys back across the zone can foul them.  Then you just sit on 1-0 or 2-1 leads.  Borrrrring.

In stead of just dumping the puck deep, the new style will simply be to toss the puck in the air and not ice it.  Yippee.  Or teams will just dogpile on the puck at center ice and their won’t be any momentum or speed in the game.  Great.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/10/12 at 09:29 PM ET


I find his redline position self serving. He has a coach with a system that suffocates the life out of the game, and, he still wants to slow the game down more! Never knew he was a Lou admirer. Buyer beware, you can win cups suffocating the opponent, but the price is paid by the loss of your fan base.

Posted by timbits on 03/10/12 at 10:10 PM ET


With all the shotblocking that’s in the game now, the redline going back in is a terrible idea.

Also, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he’s complaining about the long-pass deflection, as it’s the most effective way to cut right through a cross trap, which Tampa plays

Posted by larry from pitt on 03/11/12 at 01:01 AM ET


Hockey fan in Ohio hit it right on the mark. The league must cut down goalie gear. It is out of control !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Patrick Oneill from Yonker NY on 03/11/12 at 03:31 AM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Game is getting predictable with to many blueline shots and a player screening the goalie to block the netminders view or redirect the puck in untouched. Not enough creativity east to west passing just lots of north/south speed these days.
I like the Scotty Bowman idea of top of d-zone circles line player must reach before making two line pass at least. Gotta admit I didn’t enjoy all the whistles stopping play for two line passes pre-lockout but the game played under those rules did force players to be more creative overall playing in the three zones. Now players can stand around and just flick the puck all the way down the ice to safety or to a teammates stick it’s a joke.
Kenny Holland does not agree with Stevie Y on the redline change btw but Mike Babcock does. It should be an interesting BOG meeting down in Boca Raton.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 03/11/12 at 08:36 AM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

Restoring the red line will just open another can of worms unless the other changes to the neutral zone are also reversed.  When they opened the game (supposedly) eliminating the 2 line pass, they also shortened the neutral zone by moving the blue line 2 ft closer to center ice**.  They have also changed the faceoff positions.  With the 2 line pass, the faceoff position was where the pass originated, but they have since changed the rules regarding the position of the faceoffs.
What would they do now..?  According to today’s game logic a faceoff caused by a 2 line pass would be deep in the zone (faceoff circle right next to the net).

**At the same time, they moved the goal line back 2 ft.  Increasing the defensive zone by 4 ft and making it nearly impossible to defend the points on the power play.  This is one of the main reasons most teams best defense on the penalty kill is to collapse into the slot and try to block shots.

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Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 03/11/12 at 01:37 PM ET

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