Bruins experiment with rules changes

“Bruins bosses Harry Sinden and Mike O’Connell a few weeks ago called up the entire Providence Bruins squad to Boston, essentially tossed the rule book in the trash can, altered the lines on the ice, and looked for new ways to open up the game. The most radical alteration was moving the blue lines closer to the nets, in theory creating smaller offensive zones. In practice, it was much different, because the flight of fancy eliminated all offsides. Once the attacking team moved the puck out of its defensive zone, it was free to fire the puck far down ice without fear of icing or offsides. “What it turned into was hockey’s version of fast-break basketball,” said O’Connell. NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell attended the session. “

— Boston Globe

Perhaps nothing comes of an afternoon minor league scrimmage. However, I am pleased that the NHL realizes how boring their current product is. Turning the NHL into the fast-break version of basketball would be great, especially if coupled with smaller goalie pads.

The big question is, when the NHL returns, are the players and teams willing to radically change the game to increase the entertainment value and put fans in the seats.

19 Responses to Bruins experiment with rules changes

  1. NjDEVSFN says:

    im sure most will…and those that dont will likely see themselves at the bottom of their division around the beginning of the season

    what will the Devils do? i dont know…they definitely have the potential to score, and are always good at D…the team is more versatile than people think

    i just want hockey…if the Devils turn into being an underdog for a while, what do i care? i love rooting for underdogs!

  2. hockeyhead says:

    not a surprise that this team is working on that type game plan as they have an abundance of skilled young players in the system.

    i think the bruins will be going from big bad back to being smallish (with rules to change).

    their forwards are deft and their defence will be mobile with a mix of size.

  3. simplyhabby says:

    I was thinking the same thing. The new rules maybenefit the Habs greatly as they are small, great puck movers and built for speed.

    It would be strange to see the B’s take this approach because I always liked the David Vs. Golaith matchups the Habs and B’s had. (size only)

  4. hockeyhead says:

    they were a little smallish 10 years ago and then with the D systems becoming the issue…they became the big bad bruins again.

    the bruins have many small players like sammy, b.boyes, p. bergeron. along with draftees.

    funny thing is some of their draftees include pierre mondou son and ryan walters son. also peter stastnys son.

  5. nordiques100 says:

    lets not forget that when nhl hockey returns, the bulk of the bruins roster may be from this years providence team. certainly there is a good chance boyes, vernarsky, samuelsson, hilbert will join bergeron as regulars up front. perhaps jurcina on defence and toivonen in goal.

    though not with providence another player with a chance to make it and if not next year the year after mark stuart a top defenceman in college.

    i thought after making the gonchar trade it took away from their farm system but they are in decent shape.

  6. hockeyhead says:

    vernasky was bought out…….mark stuart will be a definate…..

    in the gonchar trade they gave up d-fen prospects which they have an abundance of

  7. habsoverserver says:

    It benefits pretty much all the teams on offense and will hurt them all on defense.

    We’ll see what the Habs look like next year.

  8. Serdy says:

    Has anyone seen this picture of the sabres new ice surface? Actually kind of cool…

    Would be pretty wierd at first but i could get used to it, maybe a little less blue though..

  9. hockeyhead says:

    speaking of ice….in the new espn the magazine they have a picture of the ice in the czech league i think… is rediculous….the whole ice surface is covered with logos.

    i don’t know how you can see the puck.

  10. simplyhabby says:

    The D will still be the big question mark. Beyond an injury proned Souray, a hopeful youngster in Komisarek, an inconsistent Markov, a Breezy that is getting old and a rough and tumble Bouillion that can be quite the defensive liability, you never know what to expect. They are mobile but beyond Souray and Komi, they lack size. Even in an more open game, you still need the defensive studs.

    Upfront, we still lack a legitimate power forward.

  11. habsoverserver says:

    I agree the team needs forwards and a big defenseman. The problem is that there are not enough big defensemen to go around in the NHL.

    We’ll see who chooses to return to the NHL in a year and sort it out then.

  12. oilfans_suck says:

    Bruins experiment by getting dicked by all there fans. All bruins fans love *****. Especially the fag hockeyhead or whatever the *****.

  13. rojoke says:

    Making the offiensive zone smaller is supposed to increase offense? How is that supposed to work exactly? Instead of the neutral zone being congested, it will be the attacking zone.

    Move the goal line back to 10 or 11 feet from the endboards, keep the blue lines at 60 feet from the goal line, and make the line 3 feet wide instead of 1. The AHL has done it all year, the players seem to like it and it’s barely noticeable after a few games.

  14. rojoke says:

    It doesn’t look nearly as bad as I imagined it would. But who was the Einstein who suggested painting the blue lines orange and the center line blue? Wouldn’t it have been a whole lot easier just to paint the center line orange? Or even better, not even change the colors of the lines at all!!!

  15. hockeyhead says:

    hey, oilfan….cry me a river….you 10 year old baby.

  16. hockeyhead says:

    why not have no offsides what so ever.

    just let guys cherry pick….if they want to be like basketball then that is what to do…eliminate all the lines.

  17. habsoverserver says:

    the article makes it sound like it creates more of a transition game – you can build up a lot of speed in neutral zone and have more room to create passes

  18. rojoke says:

    If that’s the case, then all of the offense will have to come off the rush. While this may be an exciting prospect in theory, the downside of this would be that powerplay offense would suffer, the reason being pretty obvious – a smaller offensive zone means a compressed power play which would be easier for the penalty killers to cover.

    If you want to open up the neutral zone, tell the referees to make the neutral zone calls, and then back them up when the pussies start whining about it come November. It’s not a real difficult concept to grasp. For most of us anyway.

  19. habsoverserver says:

    good point

    i agree about the neutral zone calls

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