Posted on: June 21, 2009 10:20 pm

QOTD 6/21/09 NHL Rule Changes

What rule changes would you like to see the NHL make? Every offseason, the NHL makes a few rule changes to the game.  Last offseason they changed a few things:
  • After a penalty, the next faceoff automatically starts in the team that commits the penalties zone.
  • Making any contact while racing for an icing call must be for the sole purpose of playing the puck and not eliminating the opponent from playing the puck, and a penalty will be assessed if you break this rule
  • If a shot goes off of post or crossbar, the faceoff will happen inside the zone instead of it coming out like it used to.
All three of those rules I agree with, they help the safety of the players and can help increase scoring.

This offseason, I have a few things I would like to see changed:
  • Get rid of the "trapizoid".  I just think it stupid.  If you have a goalie that is good at puck handling, he shouldn't be restricted from playing it.  This is like saying defensman like Mike Green or Kris Letang can't come past the top of the circles in the offensive zone, its stupid.
  • Get rid of the instigator penalty.  I think we can all agree with this one and no real explination is needed.
  • Change the rule on diving, if a player dives, he is the only one that goes off.  No tripping penalty or something else to go along with the dive, I mean what will stop people from diving if the worst thing that will happen is a 4 on 4?  Also, they need to start actually calling the obvious dives.
Those are the only 3 things I really think need change as of right now, but there is also talk about making the goalie pads smaller or increasing the net size.  I am 100% against makin the net smaller, but if they do decide to start making the goalie pads smaller, they shouldn't do it all at once.  Make them a little bit smaller each year until they get to their desired size so that the goalies do not feel overwelmed going from their current pads to much smaller ones.  I wouldn't be totally against this, it would increase scoring and look at the goalie pads from the 80's to the pads of today , big difference.

What rule changes would you suggest the NHL make for the upcoming season?

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