matthurray Posted December 23, 2007 Report Share Posted December 23, 2007 For devil's advocate sake: international ice: I'm not sure how your argument of bigger ice = more clogging works. You have the same number of players, you just move the boards out. Yes, players will be further way when they are on the boards... yet they don't typically try to score goals from this area; they try to set up plays in the lane or at the net. With more room on the boards, they will now have more time to find scoring opportunities. Also, it will be easier to enter the offensive zone with a wider blue line to cross. Instead of looking at stats which take a number of variables into play, look at olympic hockey which features a prominent portion of NHL players. It was much faster; more wide open; less of the clutching and grabbing and neutral zone trapping. reducing size of league: the quality of offense increases; so does the quality of defense. 3 reasons why scoring is reduced: 1. goalie equipment is large 2. players are larger, faster, stronger and as a result this makes the ice seem "smaller" comparatively 3. emerging strategy (i.e. neutral zone trap); hockey has always been evolving, take a look at the rule book as far as 50 years ago. It isn't some blessed pure sport that shouldn't be messed with. Take a read of Ken Dryden's "The Game" and then ask yourself "is dump and chase" really what hockey should be? International ice isnt the solution i think, you make bigger ice, you make it harder to score from the outside because the ice is so big teams will just clog the middle and make teams work from the outside and with more space, it means your further away and on worse angles to score. Look at european stats, its not like they have guys doing any better in terms of goals and points on a per game basis.What needs to be down is to get rid of 4-6 teams, you take away jobs from guys who shouldnt be in the league because they are marginal, you create more scoring lines, better balance, and more excitement because you see guys on 3rd and 4th lines who can score instead of block shots and jam the puck along the boards and clutch and grab people who actually have skill. Its the draft league theory we have, have 20 teams instead of 24, better teams, better balance, better everything. 30 teams in the nhl? there were just 21 teams 16 years ago, youre telling me that there are 200 NHL caliber players that were out there before who werent in the NHL? im not buying it because the product is watered down, some teams cant even fill two scoring lines, thats a shame. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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