The league knows this is a problem and has made some changes already.
-They now allow goals to be scored with the skates if there is no kicking motion (unless he's a Canuck).
-They changed goalie equipment and are looking at more changes to goalie pad size.
-They added the goalie trapezoid.
-Players can no longer close their hand on the puck.
-They made changes to interference rules which have helped in the regular season, but in the playoffs these rules are not strictly enforced. There needs to be rule changes that are not judgement calls which will be ignored in the playoffs.
Here are some other changes that I've heard discussed::
1. Larger nets. Larger goalies, gloves, jerseys, and pads, so why not larger nets?
2. On the hotstove tonight Healy mentioned one simple change.
He basically said that in overtime the teams should switch ends so that their benches are further away. He said more goals are scored in the second period due to the longer distance for line changes.
I think it's a great idea, in fact, I think they should play the first, third and overtime periods this way.
3. Make it easier to stay onside so that players enter the offensive zone with speed. Change the rule slightly so that instead of the puck having to completely cross the leading edge of the blueline the puck only has to make contact with the leading edge of the blueline. This will make a small, but noticeable difference.
4. Allow hand passes all over the ice instead of only in the defensive zone. They've made it more difficult for the defense this yr by emphasizing that players cannot close their hand on the puck. Allow players to do the same on offense as on defense. Much better than a faceoff everytime this happens. (Interestingly, this year the NHL has made it a penalty to use a hand pass to win a faceoff.)
5. Break the trap. The trap works by compacting the defence. All five defenders retreat to the red line (or thereabouts) and force the puck carrier to stickhandle into a double team or shoot the puck in. Here's my, admittedly radical, solution.
When there is no defensive player in the offensive team's end of the rink (marked by the blueline),.the offensive team will be allowed to shoot the puck into the offensive end without being called for offside or icing
For example, if Edler skates the puck out from behind his goal and there are no Predators in his end of the ice (marked by his blueline), then he would be allowed to shoot the puck into the Pred's end and Kesler could be waiting at Pekka Rinne's goal before the puck even crosses their blueline.
Go ahead and criticize these suggested changes, but please don't discuss whether the NHL needs more goals or not. Create your own thread about that topic if you'd like.
Edited by OrrFour, 10 March 2013 - 02:36 AM.