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It's Time to Stop Fixing the NHL

By October 28, 2008

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There's nothing wrong with a high-scoring hockey game. But the deluge of boneheaded ideas meant to "fix" the NHL by creating more goals is getting ridiculous.

The latest brain wave from the general managers: outlaw blocked shots.

"I think they're looking too hard for some answers, to tell you the truth," said Minnesota defenseman Nick Schultz, doing his best to remain polite.

Not only are they looking too hard for answers, they're not even asking the right questions. As noted in a previous post, the dearth of goals is a phantom crisis. The problem doesn't exist.

It's time for a counter-campaign: Stop the Nonsense. Rory Boylen of the Hockey News is on board. He's "sick and tired of hearing how the professional game of hockey is sick and tired."

It’s not all about the goals and it shouldn’t be about changing rules to give us more scoring chances. Hockey is about winning the zone, notching a well-earned tally and having accomplished something.
The last word for now goes to Tom Benjamin, who offers four good reasons why the NHL should shut down the think tank and leave the game alone. Here's one of them:
All the tinkering has the effect of demarketing the game. The apparently desperate efforts to increase scoring declares, “Hockey isn’t exciting enough. We are trying to fix it.” If I wasn’t a fan, I’d wait until it was fixed before I bothered watching. If I was a fan who listened to the league, it would turn me off.

Photo: Nick Schultz wants his game left alone. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)


October 28, 2008 at 11:42 pm
(1) Bruins Nut says:

Outlawing blocked shots is the most ridiculous nonsense I have ever heard.

Your right. There is nothing wrong with the NHL. The pace of the game is fantastic. There are A LOT of amazing young up and coming players. Crosby, Ovechkin, the Staal brothers, Dubinsky, Kessel, Kane, Lucic… the list goes on and on. The games are exciting.

The salary cap is slowly evening out the league’s depth chart which is producing good close hockey games.

October 29, 2008 at 3:30 pm
(2) Debbie says:

I don’t see what the hoopla is about high scoring games. I don’t get excited over a game that has too many goals. The best ones are the tight games with lower goals tallied. Far better to have a game at 1-1 at the end of the third and having to go into OT. Now THAT’S exciting!

October 29, 2008 at 3:51 pm
(3) Rick says:

Leave the game alone! It also just makes me shudder when ‘they’ talk about making the goal bigger. It’s as lame a making the basket bigger in BBall or the hole bigger in golf.

Twelve goals in a game is not more exciting than 2-1 unless a person really doesn’t have a clue about great hockey.

One thing they could do if they must though is cut down goalie pads,etc. to the minimum. Just enough to protect the goalies.

October 29, 2008 at 4:45 pm
(4) Eric says:

Want more scoring? Easy. Shoot the goalies.

Seriously – would more holes in one improve golf? More touchdowns improve football, or more grand slams improve baseball? At some point, you have to think that there’s no defense going on (sorry for the basketball reference there). I find defense to be far more fascinating than offense. I think that’s the beauty of the sport – there’s so much to learn because of the depth of knowledge required to appreciate it.

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