Rules to Readopt?

Friday, 02.8.2013 / 10:06 AM CT / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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Rules to Readopt?

'Sometimes you have to move backward to get a step forward'

- Amar Gopal Bose

Here are four rules that previously existed in the National Hockey League that perhaps merit at least a debate as to their usefulness in today's game.

1929-30

Goaltenders forbidden to hold puck. Pucks caught had to be cleared immediately. Infringement of rule, a faceoff taken 10 feet out from goal with no player except goalie standing between faceoff spot and goal-line.

*WHY? Too often present day goalies stop play for no reason other than they know they won't be penalized and the stoppage will better allow them to align defensively. It's hooy! Move the puck you entitled, bubble-wrapped babies.

1933-34

Number of players permitted to stand in defensive zone restricted to three including goalie

*WHY? Blocking shots has risen from 'gutsy desperation' to 'expected skill', and artful offense is almost non-existant. It's mostly ping-pong-pew, hot potato, accidental puck movement and goal scoring. Fewer bodies = exotic playmaking, maybe? And besides, shotblocking isn't a skill - unless you're wearing a mask.

1953-54

Number of players in uniform set at 16 plus two goalies

*WHY? Lets end the forced necessity of the so called 'energy line'. (All 3-8 minutes per game of them) I'm pretty sure hockey would persevere with 3 lines and an extra forward. Less roster players means more time for star players.

1966-67

Between period intermissions fixed at 15 minutes.

*WHY? Again, we are the only sport that tells fans to go do or watch something else TWICE per game. TWICE! To be honest, fifteen minutes is actually too long for my taste, it should be 12. Just clean the ice with the two Zambonis and have all the inane on-ice sponsored contests/entertainment conducted off the surface.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 13 5 10 2 15
J. Spezza 13 5 8 0 13
C. Eakin 13 1 7 -4 8
A. Goligoski 13 4 3 -6 7
P. Sharp 13 4 2 -4 6
P. Eaves 9 3 3 3 6
R. Faksa 13 3 2 2 5
M. Janmark 12 2 3 -3 5
C. Sceviour 11 2 3 1 5
J. Klingberg 13 1 3 -5 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 6 3 0 .899 2.81
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .865 3.29
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