February 12, 2004

new hockey rules

I just have one beef with the new rules, the one that doesn't allow goalies to go the behind the goal-line to handle the puck. Now I can understand that by doing this it prolongs the amount of time a team can be in the offensive zone, so it might increase scoring. But at the same time it will also decrease scoring during a power-play. A team down one man could ice the puck, and the goalie can't go back, get it and fire it back up ice again.

And what about if a player is circling around the back of the net, the goalie and reach back for a timely poke check? Or what if a puck gets lodged in the back of the net (from the back, not from the inside), then they'd require a stoppage in order to get the puck out, when normally the goalie could just reach back and poke it back out again.

This also discourages goalies from learning how to handle the puck properly. Surely someone out there is breathing a sigh of relief because they won't have to see Cujo or Czechmanek bobble the puck and end up letting in a soft goal. But teams out there with superior puck-handling goalies like Brodeur, Belfour, Turco, etc, basically get cheated from being able to make use of their goalies' gift.

What I'd like to see is a 4-on-4 overtime period. And taking out the icing thing.

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