Re: Fedun's leg
posted at 10/2/2011 10:37 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Fedun's leg
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Fedun's leg : I disagree. As long as he keeps the puck moving there'd be no penalty called. It's the same way that it's always been in that regard. Even in the 70's, you couldn't just hold the puck against the boards without moving or you'd get a delay of game call. I don't know what era you're remembering because the hockey I grew up watching had lots of whistles for pucks being tied up along the boards.
Posted by dezaruchi[/QUOTE]
But the point is that it was a tactic commonly used by defenseman - and 4th line forwards then to try to get a face off in the offensive zone for the first line.
When was the last time you saw a defenseman look to tie the puck up like that and get a whistle?
By calling it a penalty for delay of game, those stoppages in play - and slow play disappeared from the game completely.
Your saying whistles slow the game down, but so what if there are fewer whistles - and what happens in between the whistles is boring.
Somwhere over 90% of the time, 95%, maybe even 97% it's a simple touch up.
There is absolutely nothing exciting about watching a defenseman skate back and touch the puck.
And it's over non-contested, making it even more pointless.
Almost all of the time it accomplishes nothing - other than delaying the whistle being blown and taking time off the clock.
And fans - unwittingly - don't care for touch up icing either. Search you-tube for hockey hightlights, you will see goals, fights, hits, saves, and all kinds of stuff. It's hard to find clips of icings, you can even find more offsides clips than icings. When they show abbreviated games - lots of icings get cut out and the next thing you see is the face off.