Tuesday, October 1, 2013

time to drop the puck on a new NHL season

From where I sit it looks like the NHL has the biggest rule change in years...

As the puck drops we can all look forward to the increased safety of every skater on the ice. With the adoption of the hybrid icing there can still be a race for the puck, but without the needless injuries associated with it. It's not going to be a 100% system. Yes, there will be occasions where the forward could have won the race flat out to the puck. But, those happen so infrequently compared to the mindless touch-up from a bored defenseman. Not only will this speed up the game, but create more action. The whistle will blow sooner on icing calls. All of them. Meaning there will be an extra second or two, or three, added of actual playing time. Over the course of a game, that will add up. There are about nine icings in a game. That's 18 seconds by the end of the 3rd period. That's more time for a goalmouth scramble. More time to shoot at the open net. And importantly less time worrying about carrying someone off the ice on a stretcher.

NHL the season starts today so here's one line thoughts for the Canadian teams...

via plus.google.com

Vancouver...getting old and with new division alignment will have a harder time getting a top seed. Edmonton...will see improvements from the kids, still golfing in April though. Calgary...this is a bad team, not much else to add. Winnipeg...hope springs eternal of post-season hockey, this year they make it, and get bounced in the 1st round. Toronto...made the playoffs last year, don't expect a repeat, they have the same problem as the Canucks: a new division. Ottawa...either feast or famine, with Alfredsson gone the Sens could grow out of his shadow, or plummet from it. Montreal...probably the best Canadian team at the start of the season and that doesn't mean a damn thing unless they win.

Yes, this is a Bauer ad...but it beautifully sums up the start of a new season...

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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