Some things really need to change

Like most of us, I was growing weary of the old NHL. I disliked the blatant holding, hooking, grabbing, clogging up the neutral zone, the left wing lock, the trap, goalies who are so adept at playing the puck that they all but eliminate the forecheck… perpetuating the trap.

I am already sick of the joke I am seeing on the ice most nights. I have to believe that they could enforce the rules and eliminate the stuff that was hurting the game, without sending a player to the penalty box every 3 or 4 minutes.

Someone has to say it, the refereeing is ridiculous. Half the players have no idea what is going to be called, and when. As a fan, I have seen more mystery calls already this year than I think I saw all of last season.

Supposedly situational refereeing has been eliminated. Well, I ain’t seeing that either. I can almost guarantee a power-play late in the game for a team down a goal. In fact, it isn’t a stretch to predict a 2-man advantage for a team down a goal or two; same crap.

… and the DIVING! Good lord, every player on every team is now a diving expert. Players get touched, they dive. This has to be the number one skill in the NHL right now. It isn’t Bill-Barber-esque swan dives, it is “semi-real” looking diving. You just know half the crap is a dive. There is no way these players suddenly became so easy to knock down. A little tap on the pads and next thing you know, there’s a yard sale on the ice and the player down in a heap in the middle of it.

As a Soccer announcer once said in a world cup game “A big strong strapping lad, took a little bump and went down like he was pole-axed”

I have to say this, it reminds me of soccer! It is pathetic.

I really hope the league settles somewhere in between where they can crack down on the interference in the neutral zone, and the hooking or holding of a player with the puck… but not call a freaking penalty every couple minutes. I also heard someone suggest a misconduct penalty or an additional 2-minutes for diving. You want to improve the flow of game, crack down hard on dives for 3 or 4 weeks and maybe we’ll see players actually fighting to stay on their skates and make the play again.

Or, we could just eliminate contact altogether, take the goalies right out of the game, implement a pretty dress code and award free penalty shots at the empty net from center ice every time there is contact on the ice.

Detroit 94 – Nashville 87…

Yeah, the game is much better now.

77 Responses to Some things really need to change

  1. habs_punk says:

    Are you denying that Tucker is a diver?

  2. habs_punk says:

    Emery did play damn well in those games.

  3. Freeze says:

    I agree that there are way too many penalties, but isn’t it the team with the best power play and penalty kill that will win out in the end? Some teams have adapted real well to the new style, others are struggling.

    Just wait until the playoffs and the old NHL will be back again.

  4. habs79 says:

    All the penalties? Tonights penalties:

    Carolina- 4

    Buffalo- 3

    Penguins- 6

    Thrashers- 3

    Blues- 8

    Blue Jackets- 13

    (Looks like there was a fight right at the end that resulted in 5 seperate penalties)

    Kings- 4

    Wings- 7

    There really isn’t that big of an increase. On average a team gets 2-3 penalties more a game from an average of 4 per game in 03/04, to an average of 6-7 now. As for the diving, the league said they were going to hand out fines. Does anyone know if they handed out any?

    In the last like 10 articles, one was about a former Leaf player complaining about the new NHL, and two are Leaf fans complaining about the new NHL.

    I have one question. Does any fan in here of a team other than the Leafs hate the new NHL as much as some of the Leaf fans seem to?

    Overall I really like the new NHL, there are some things I take issues with, mostly with the goalies getting knocked around. I still feel this is a vast improvement over the “trap crap”. There is still room for improvement, and hopefully the NHL isn’t done fixing up the rules some more. First and foremost protecting the goalies, and a crystal clear explanation of what is interference.

  5. thatleafsguy says:

    You can’t be serious, did you even watch the game? He was clearly crosschecked from behind into Belfour.

  6. thatleafsguy says:

    lol Ask the majority and I think they would tell you Ribeiro is the best actress in the NHL.

  7. Kraut182 says:

    Diving is hard to call in the flow of the game. Can it be done …. yes, but it gets much easier to call with slow motion instant replay after the fact. This is where the NHL needs to crackdown and crackdown hard. Heavy fines for the first offense, and then they could steal from their Instigator in the last 5 minutes rule and start suspending 1 game, 2 games, 4 games, 8 games, etc. Then for next season a player with say 2+ offenses from last year goes straight to the suspensions. That should clear things up pretty quick.

  8. dcz28 says:

    My vote would go to Tucker and his “i was shot by Volchenkov” (scene 4 act 1) performance against the Sens…Tucker is a disgrace to hockey and so is any player who dives all the time

  9. dcz28 says:

    Nobody that saw Tucker and his “i was shot by Volchenkov” (scene 4 act 1) performance against the Sens can say he does not dive…Tucker is a disgrace to hockey and so is any player who dives all the time

  10. dcz28 says:

    Emery has played well in the few games he has played but with the team infront of him the goalies don’t need to stand on their heads to get a win

    I think that the Ottawa vs Montreal rivalry will soon be bigger then “the Battle Of Ontario” but the difference is there is no hate between Sens and Habs fans like with the Leafs

    And to think it all started with the Sens first home game ever with Montreal when they beat them and then lost almost all the other games that season lol

  11. Aetherial says:

    Darcy Tucker is a player teams love to hate.

    I can understand and accept that. A lot of teams have those players.

    People’s perception of Tucker as a cheap shot artist or chicken-sh!t or a diver is unsupoprtable.

    Is he a diver, yeah, of course he is. Just like about 80% of the players I see these days. If you want to pick a “diver” on the Leafs… Domi is worse and that dates back to last year.

    Tucker plays with grit and heart. He is not afraid t get in people’s faces and not afraid to drop ’em. Beyond that, people have a lot of stupid-ass ideas about him.

  12. Aetherial says:

    He was not the first and not the last to pull that act. I have seen a LOT of that stuff going in.

    Tucker will dive… but you are really missing the point if you don’t see that more than half the players in the league dive.

    Honestly, from what I have seen throughout this season, Tucker is not more guilty than some others of diving. At least he tries to stay on his skates.

  13. Aetherial says:

    We just came off watching two Leafs/Capitals games that were a joke.

  14. Aetherial says:

    And what the FCUK do you think being a Leaf fan has to do with anything.

    Can’t you discuss any issue without coming up with some anti-leaf or anti-leaf fan sentiment. I never claimed it was specifically hurtting the leafs.

    There are definitely some teams that have benefitted more than others though.

    Teams with goalies who play the puck well suffer huge. (Toronto? New Jersey?)

    Teams with a bunch of ballerina’s get a huge boost.

    I don’t mind the skill coming through but strength and grit fighting for pucks is GONE. It is the ice capades out there.

    I am looking for a way to cut back on the BS that crept into the game, without turning it into basketball or soccer.

  15. TORO says:


  16. SensfanVone says:

    The things that need to change are as follows…..


    Quebec and Winnipeg need there franchises back………..

    Refs need to call penalties fair……

    and Thibault needs to retire…

  17. SensfanVone says:

    Chill out bro.

  18. Maximus says:

    Call every hook and dive. Give the diver a miscounduct. but please do not get away from calling the hooking and holding penalties. We are back to the days when speed and skill ruled. Hitting is a skill that was becoming lost. Open ice hits were rare because the game was being played in the corners and behind the net…that was boring. I think the game is way better than 2003-2004. It was really unwatchable. I enjoyed the minor league and junior games more. Hitting is still in the game. Infact, when the players get use to the rules, open ice hits could be spectacular because of the speed the players get now. Fans, and hockey players, got use to thinking that physical hockey was hooking and holding then rubbing the player out at the end.

  19. habs_punk says:

    No I didn’t watch the game.

  20. kicksave856 says:

    i remember the play and when i first saw it in real time, i thought the call was bad. but when i saw the slow motion replay, i realized that i think that was a penalty. i agree it was iffy, but in slo mo it really looked like he just obstructed his progress a little bit too much. just my 2 cents. probably worth about that.

  21. habs79 says:

    I just pointed out a fact. Then I simply asked a question, cause it seems obvious the majority of Leaf fans really dislike the new rules. I was wondering if some fans of the other teams felt as passionatly against the new rules. It was never meant to be a knock at you personally or your opinion. As for being anti-Leaf, being born and rasied in Toronto, dealing with fellow students and than co-workers that were Leaf fans. After putting up with the constant stupidity. Yes I have developed a biased. I’d be the first to admit it along with the fact that I would feel differently if I grew up elsewhere.

    Just like you comment “Teams with a bunch of Ballerina’s get a huge boost”. Whats wrong with having a team with skilled players? As for strength and grit being gone, I have no idea what games you are watching. I’m watching the Pens-Habs game right now, and there is end to end action, along with grit and they are fighting for pucks. I guess if no bouncers don’t drop the gloves and beat the shit out of eachother, there is no grit? How can there be no fighting for the puck? There is one puck and 10 guys on the ice.

    As for cutting back on the BS, I believe someone mentioned that the NHL sends a list of divers out, if your name is on it, it’s $1000. If that’s true and in my opinion the list should be sent out once a week. That would end diving pretty fast.

  22. Freeze says:

    Why does this web site have to constantly feature articles about how the new NHL rules suck?

  23. Freeze says:

    Oh no, let me guess. Another article at about how the new NHL rules suck. How odd.

  24. thatleafsguy says:

    disgrace is a little harsh this guy goes balls to the wall every game and he doesn’t run when he needs to stand up and fight. ribeiro wouldn’t fight the flu if he caught it.

  25. prairiehab says:

    The Game now is a better game and it is because of the rule changes. its that simple. The crackdown on penalties is the main reason. It doesn’t matter if a player falls down or not as soon as someone puts there stick on the player it is a penalty no matter how hard it is or not. So the player “diving” just has nothing to do with it. Players are just going to hve to learn that if they want to stop someone with the puck they are just going to have to skate with them and lay the body into them. If they can’t do this then they shouldn’t be in the NHL. Sooner or latter the players will learn this and there will be less penalties. Until then we have to watch a game loaded with Powerplays.

  26. fenring says:

    why fight it when he can sneak her pants so the flu runs away embarassed?

    although he is a player who plays with ruse and intelligence instead of brawn that does not make him a perpetual diver, like his current status on the list shows. i can understand though that playing against him must be a nuisance for big defenders, since he is among the guys who really profit from the “new” method of rule exaction.

    so long

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