NHL Penalty/Power Play rule tweeks
posted at 4/8/2011 1:28 PM EDT
Don't be mislead by the title. I'm not relaying that I hear they are looking at changing things. This stems from the Ask Kevin Paul Dupont article in the globe, where he talks about how he has felt for years that the NHL should no longer allow teams to ice the puck on the penalty kill.
He argued that there would be an increase in goals, both ways. Obviously more for the team on the PP if the other team can't just sling it down the ice, but also more for the shorthanded team, because they would have to take more chances skating the other way when they do get possession.
It got me thinking, which side of that argument do I come down on? Then I realized.....it's neither. Because what I really would like to see is the elimination of Powerplays all together
I don't like man advantage situations. I know, you need to have penalties. And the man advantage is strong punishment, designed to keep teams more honest, but I think the rules could be tweeked to where you don't ever have to have a 5-4, 4-3 or 5-3 situation, slanting the outcome of games
- All minor penalties were 5 minutes long. That player is gone for 5 minutes. You have to work around him for a shift or two, but it stays 5 on 5
- All major penalties are 10 minutes. Now you really have to work around the guy. But it still stays 5 on 5.
- Fighting is no longer a major. Two willing combatants get a minor.....though it is still 5 minutes, as are all minors now. Only dirty plays like boarding, head hunting hits, unsportman like conduct etc. will be majors
- Any combination of 3 minors, two majors or one major and one minor and you're gone for the game
This way, individual players will still pay the price for their actions and the team will suffer a bit, because they will have to go awhile without them, messing up the lines a bit, and extra shifting people. But it will always be a 5 on 5 game. Straight up hockey, no advantage either way. Both teams skating up and down the ice for 60 minutes. May the best team win
What do ya think?.......you hate it, don't you?