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)