Rules to Readopt?

Friday, 02.08.2013 / 11:06 AM / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh

'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 - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 3 2 1 0 3
C. Sceviour 3 1 2 1 3
R. Garbutt 3 2 0 2 2
A. Chiasson 3 1 1 -3 2
T. Seguin 3 1 1 2 2
V. Nichushkin 3 1 1 1 2
S. Horcoff 3 0 2 2 2
T. Daley 3 0 2 1 2
A. Roussel 3 0 2 2 2
C. Eakin 3 0 2 0 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 1 2 0 .923 2.37
 
 
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