Tag:stanley cup
Posted on: October 13, 2009 8:10 pm
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Improving the NHL

Last April I did a blog about how you could improve the MLB which you can find HERE , but hockey is where my heart lies when it comes to sports.  I can watch any game any time, no matter who is playing.  That is why I wanna see a couple of things change, to make the game more exciting for the fans.

Less Teams:

Many people think that there are to many teams in the NHL, and while I do not necessarily agree, I think the NHL would be better off if they cut the league down by 2 teams.  The 2 teams I think the NHL would miss the least are the Phoenix Coyotes and the Florida Panthers.  Neither of these teams have been really successful and their fan support has been weak.  If they got rid of these 2 teams, hold a draft to redisperse the players from these teams to the 28 remaining teams.

No More Conferences:

In the NFL you have the AFC and NFC, in the MLB its the AL and NL, in basketball its the East and the West.   Right now the NHL is like the NBA while having the east and west, but I think it would be unique and be something that a lot of people could enjoy if they got rid of conferences.

My idea is to get 4 different divisions of 7 teams.  The 4 divisions names should be the Adams, Patrick, Smythe, and Norris to go back to the ways things used to be before the 1993-1994 season.  The NHL is most history based than any of the other major sports (with the Stanley cup and other tropheys) so why not bring back the old school names?

New Divisions:

With the bigger divisions and the fact that 2 teams are gone, the divisions need to be fixed.  I would go with the following 4 divisions:

Patrick Divison:
This division has the 6 teams that were in the Patrick division before the relignment, so they already have natural rivalries (especially with 5 of the teams being in the current Atlantic Division).  I also put the Blue Jackets in because they would have a natural rivalry with the Penguins and I think they would develop into a good rival for the rest of the teams.

Smythe Division:
Since I couldn't include the Winnipeg Jets since they have moved to Raleigh, I had to add 2 new teams to this division.  I chose the Ducks and Avalanche since the Ducks are on the West coast and new to the league since the old divisions and the Avalanche used to be the Nordiques and have moved a lot more west.

Norris Division:
The Red Wings, Blackhawks, Blues, and Maple Leafs were all apart of this division 17 or so years ago, and it was a great one.  Adding in 2 more of the original 6 (5 total) just makes this division more heated.  I added the Sabres because I had to put them somewhere.

Adams Division:
Other than the Stars (well North Stars at the time) and Senators, none of these teams were in this division because they are either new to the league since then or have moved.  This division may have some some travel issues, but I like the other 3 divisions how they are so these are basically the rest of whats left.

New Scheduling/Points:

The first thing that would have to change would be the schedule.  Currently you play every team in your division 6 times, all other teams in your conference 4, and everyone in the other conference 1 time (and 3 of those teams you play twice).

For a new scheduling, I would still have you play your divisional opponents 6 time (36 games).  The other 21 teams I would have you play them twice each (42 games).  So far this is a total of 78 games, but you will play a total of 84.  The other 6 games depend on how you finish the year before.  You would play every team that finished in the same place in their division as you 2 more times.  So if the Penguins and Blackhawks won their divisions one year, the next year they would play 4 times instead of 2.

The other change I would have is the points system.  I think it is time to adopt a 3 point system in the NHL.  Getting basically half the points you get for a win just by going to OT is not right, and needs to be changed.  I believe it needs to be as follows:
  • 3 points for a regulation win
  • 2 points for an OT/SO win
  • 1 point for an OT/SO loss
  • 0 points for a regulation loss
This point system would help discourage teams to take it easy at the end of the 3rd period because they want to secure 1 point, and could lead to a lot more exciting finishes.

Playoff Format Changes:

A lot of people might not like this idea, but I do.  Instead of the 16 teams with the most points making the playoffs, there would be a divisional playoff first.  The top 4 teams in each division would make this round.  What would happen is each division would have a tournament to see which team is the division champ.  For example in the Patrick Division say it ended up these final standings:
  1. Penguins
  2. Flyers
  3. Capitals
  4. Devils
  5. Rangers
  6. Blue Jackets
  7. Islanders
The Penguins, Flyers, Capitals, and Devils would play in a mini tournament to see who is the division champ.  The Penguins would play the Devils and the Flyers would play the Capitals.  The 2 winners would play each other, and then the division winner would be crowned. All of this would be just like the playoffs and be 7 game series.

Once all 4 division winners are crowned, then those 4 play to see who the Stanley Cup winners are.  They would be ranked 1-4 based on the amount of points earned outside of your division, and the tie breaker would be total points.  Then it would be just like the current conference finals, the 2 winners go on to the Finals to see who would play for the Cup.

Rule Changes:

There are a few rules in the current NHL that I would want to change:
  • Get rid of the instigator rule, no explination really needed.
  • When a player is called for diving, don't put both players in the box.  Either the other player took a penalty or there was a dive, punish them for diving instead of making it even.
  • Get rid of the trapizoid.  Goalies that can stick handle well shouldn't be punished by putting a place in where they can't handle the puck.
  • Make the goalies pads smaller.  I was always on the fence about this, but after seeing some goalies pads they need to be smaller.  When you watch an old school game, their pads were so small its rediculous.  I am not saying make them that small, but a little bit smaller to inscrease scoring.
  • If a goalie goes behind the net to play the puck, he should be free game for hits.  Would make a lot of exciting plays behind the net.
  • When a penalty shot is called, the team gets to decide if they want the penalty shot or 2 minute power play.


Thats all I got now, feel free to leave a comment about what you agree/disagree with and any other rules you would like to see.
Posted on: July 20, 2009 9:37 pm
 

QOTD 7/20/09 Must see sports events


What are the top 10 events in your opinion that are a must see before you die?
  I have seen a few of these lists written lately, so I thought I would chime in on the subject.  I may not have attended all (or any for that matter haha) but they are the top 10 events I want to see before I die.

  1. Stanley Cup Finals game- I have tried the past 2 years and have failed to get tickets both times.  The greatest sport in the world being played at its highest level.
  2. Official UFC event- I have just recently became a fan of UFC a few months ago, but I am already hooked and really wanna go to one of the events.  Hopefully they come to Pittsburgh when the new arena opens up!
  3. World Series game 7- I won't ever see one with my team, but it would still be amazing no matter who the teams are.
  4. NHL winter classic- After watching it on TV the last 2 years, it is a great sight to see.  I can't imagine how amazing it would be in person.
  5. baseball game on the green monster- This has been one thing I've always wanted to do.  I am not a Red Sox fan, but I haven't had a chance to visit a ballpark other than PNC and the view from the monster looks like it would be the best view of any seat in baseball.
  6. NCAA Basketball Final 4- Not a basketball fan by any means, but I always find myself watching the final 4, mostly because of my bracket but I can actually enjoy the tournament unlike the regular season and the NBA.
  7. US Open- I couldn't really enjoy watching golf until the past few years when I started golfing, but I guess to reallly enjoy golf you have to golf yourself to understand everything that is going on.
  8. Super Bowl- I have become less of a football fan each year, butI would still love to go to it sometime.  Most watched/overhyped sporting event there is.
  9. Home Run Derby- Well, only if I was in the outfield.  I was one of those young kids that loved bringing my glove to the game and trying to catch a ball!
  10. Pittsburgh Pirates game in October- To much to ask for? hahaha


Posted on: July 17, 2009 10:40 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2009 10:44 pm
 

QOTD 7/17/09 Games You are looking foreward

What games are you looking foreward to in the 2009-2010 NHL season? Sorry for the long hiatus fot QOTD, hasn't been much to talk about and I have been lazy with it.  Todays question involves the schedule that was just recently released.  What games are you looking foreward to?  Here are some of mine:

  • October 2 vs. Rangers - Home opener, raising the banner.
  • October 3 at Islanders - Tavares' NHL debut and will get to meet Orpik, Cooke, Kunitz, and Rupp Laughing .
  • October 8 at Flyers - First game between the 2 teams, will be a battle.
  • October 30 at Blue Jackets - I really like watching the Jackets play, and may go down to Columbus for this game.
  • December 5 vs. Blackhawks - Young, fast team.  Was a great battle last year and I expect an even better one this year.
  • January 31 vs. Red Wings - Red Wings first regular season game back at the Mellon Arena since the Finals.
  • March 20, 22, 24, 27 vs. Hurricanes , at Red Wings, at Capitals , vs. Flyers - Penguins play all 4 teams they played in the playoffs last year in 4 staight games.  
  • April 8 vs. Islanders- May be the last game at Mellon Arena.
* All of those games are Penguins games haha

** Your picks do not have to involve your team, I don't really look foreward to other teams games so thats why mine are all Penguins games.
Posted on: June 18, 2009 4:32 pm
 

QOTD 6/18/09 Overused Messageboard Phrases

What message board phrase do you believe is most overused?  Especially on this site. When I come on this site and read the message boards, I see a lot of the same phrases repeated and it really annoys me.  The one in particular is "Lost a lot of respect for".  I mean any time a player does 1 thing wrong, everyone loses respect for him.  For example, pictures surface of the Penguins with the cup in the pool and everyone is "I lost all the respect I had for the Penguins organization".  It is just funny how some people overuse that phrase.

Sorry for the short post today and lack of post yesterday, the power went out after a big storm and am in kind of a big rush.
Category: NHL
Posted on: June 15, 2009 11:39 pm
 

QOTD 6/15/09 Favorite NHL playoff moment

What was your favorite moment from the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs? For me, my obvious choice would be the Penguins winning the cup, which it is.  I absolutely can't get enough of watching them lift the cup.  Here are some of my other favorites:
  • Talbot's SHH after fighting Daniel Carcillo in game 6. VIDEO .  The score was 3-0 Flyers at the time, and this fight turned the game around.  The Penguins scored around a minute later, and ended up winning the game 5-3 and clinched the series.
  • THIS Max Talbot interview.  Well, the part where he talks about THIS goal.  Basically Talbot gets one of the luckiest goals of the playoffs, but has some fun with it in the post game interview!
  • Beating two of our biggest rivals (Flyers and Capitals ) in consecutive series.  I absolutely dispise both of these teams, and beating them to win the cup makes it that much sweeter.
  • Evgeni Malkin 's nice backhand goal against the Hurricanes .  Not many guys can shoot a backhander like this. VIDEO
  • The Ducks beating the Red Wings 4-3 in triple OT with a goal from Todd Marchant .  Playoff OT NHL games are the best, nothing else like them.  This was an amazing game that an unknown won the game. VIDEO
  • The Scott Walker goal in OT to win the series against the Bruins .  This usually wouldn't mean much, but it was his first career NHL playoff goal and it was after finding out his wife has cancer.  That goal was definitly dedicated to her.
  • THIS save on Alexander Ovechkin by Marc-Andre Fleury .  If flower doesn't make this save, we could be looking at either a Capitals or Red Wings stanley cup champion, and who wants that Tongue out ?
Those are a few of my favorites, what are yours?

 
 
 
 
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