A Faster Hockey
Obstructions, hooking, grabbing, you name it. Whatever should be stopped in order for the hockey games to speed up.Consider the impact of having rules REALLY implemented by the refs who are usually busy equalizing a boring game (unless you find 2-1 games exciting).
Obstruction is a sure way to help talented offensive players score more goals. Of course the results could never be a Oilers-eightiesERA-like 400+ goals/team, that all-offense style combined with less team & competent Dmen & goalies is passed.
The players are faster, bigger and the game got even smaller due to systematic defensive systems. Personnally i dislike having the first goal almost always decide the fate of opposing teams.
Taken from Dejan of the post-gazette:
Craig Patrick was in Vancouver earlier in the week attending a rather productive set of meetings for the NHL’s general managers. Main topic of discussion was the league’s plan to crack down on obstruction next season, and the rhetoric was so strong that it left many executives confident it might actually last beyond, say, October. As the Canucks’ Brian Burke put it, “You’ve heard this speech for four years, but it’s the single biggest problem in the game. The commissioner is a disciple on this. You will see the changes.” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman cited the league’s largely successful clamping down on slashing in the past two years as an example that referees can end obstruction, too. The emphasis will be on keeping defensemen from holding up forwards on the forecheck. “When we did the slashing standard, people were critical. And we held it,” Bettman said. “We think we can do that for forechecking, as well.”
The general managers also agreed on the need for harsher punishment against low hits, such as the Darcy Tucker attack on Michael Peca’s knee in May. Tucker was not suspended, while Peca has spent all summer in rehabilitation.