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cw:
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/08/15/nhl-looking-for-ways-to-create-more-offence
TORONTO - Doug Armstrong won’t dismiss such radical concepts as shallow nets, liberal hand passes or panting penalty killers who defend for the full two minutes of a power play.
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This year, the hockey-operations boys are highlighting special teams and faceoffs.

Two teams of 2012 draft propects must skate through a penalty killing minefield. Getting puck possession on a delayed call won’t be enough to stop play, the penalized team must also exit the zone, possibly down six skaters to five. During the penalty, they’ll be charged with icing (sans substitutions) and the man in the box is stuck there the whole 120 seconds, no matter how many goals against.

“I’m not sure if it’s the bigger equipment or good (PK) strategy, but everyone’s blocking shots and filling up the middle of the ice,” Armstrong noted. “These ideas could put the advantage back in the power play’s hands or cut down on penalties.”

Armstrong is also keen on seeing consistency returned to the faceoff circle. The same linesman will be dropping the puck during camp, with the dots cut from nine to the five with defined outer circles and hashmarks. When a centre is waved out, the other team can pick the replacement on the draw and there’ll be another look at leaving the puck on the dot and whistling play in.

“It’s just looking for fairness,” Armstrong said. “There are a lot of ‘Ts’ and ‘Ls’ marked out there (where players are supposed to set up), but it could be tidier.”

Toronto general manager Brian Burke will get to see his pet project, the bear-hug rule, where a player can steer another into the boards while briefly wrapping him to lessen impact.

“I think it can reduce and/or eliminate the ‘billiard ball’ hits we see now five or six feet from the boards,” Burke said. “Especially in light of the widespread tactic used by forwards protecting the puck while exposing the numbers on their backs. And I believe our officials can handle this without the bear hug itself turning into a tactic.”

I don't mind experimentation and being open to new ideas but my hope would be that the PP doesn't dictate results the way it did in '06. It ruined the game substantially for me. The refs got more sensible after that and I haven't minded it as much in recent years. More five on five scoring is much more preferable to me if they feel the need to increase scoring.

hockeyfan1:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=585925&navid=mod-rr-headlines


The NHL Research and Development Camp will take place in Etobicoke, ON, on August 17-18/'11.


Here are the things they will be looking into:



• No-touch icing
• No line change for team committing an offside
• Faceoff variations (penalty line for center committing an infraction; all faceoffs in circles; same linesman drops puck for all faceoffs)
• No icing permitted while shorthanded
• Verification line (additional line behind the goal line)
• Overtime variation (four minutes of 4-on-4 followed by three minutes of 3-on-3)
• Shootout variation (5-man shootout precedes sudden-death format)
• Shallow-back nets

• After offside, faceoff goes back to offending team's end
• Faceoff variations (both centers must come set on whistle; all faceoffs in circles; same linesman drops puck for all face-offs)
• Delayed penalty variation (offending team must exit zone in possession of puck to stop play)
• Changes only permitted on-the-fly (except after goals and upon manpower changes)
• Strict enforcement of goaltenders covering puck outside crease (Rule 63.2)
• Remove trapezoid
• Verification line
• Allow hand passes in all zones
• Overtime variation (switch ends)
• Shootout variation (5-man shootout with repeat players if tied after 5 shooters)
• Thin-netting nets

• 'Hybrid' icing
• Offside variation (offending team can't change and faceoff in its end zone)
• Faceoff variations (player encroaching can't replace thrown-out center, all faceoffs in circles; same linesman drops puck for all faceoffs)
• All penalties to be served in their entirety
• Strict enforcement of goaltenders covering puck outside crease (rule 63.2)
• Bear-hug rule
• Verification line
• Overtime variation (switch ends for four minutes of 4-on-4, followed by three minutes of 3-on-3)
• Shootout variation (3-man shoot out with repeat shooters if tied after 3 shooters)
• Shallow-back nets

• All-Star Skills competition (fastest skater, breakaway challenge, accuracy shooting, skills relay challenge, hardest shot, elimination shootout)

Other technology/modifications to be tested during various sessions:

• On-ice officials communication -- ref-to-ref wireless
• Overhead camera -- to assist Hockey Operations reviews of various initiatives (verification line/goal netting/in-net camera)
• In-net camera -- mounted camera at one end with one net with camera view focused on the goal line to help verify goals
• Robotic camera --  to test camera angles for coverage closer to ice
• Video replay application review
• Curved glass -- protection options at players bench areas

AvroArrow:
Ugh...why is offence the only thing that interests these idiots?  A guy who sacrifices his body ala Tim Brent or Matt Stajan did to block shots is just as amazing as many goals, to me.

Bullfrog:
I like the idea of icing while short-handed and having the offending team clear the zone.

I agree with cw though, that 5-on-5 should be the priority.

L K:

--- Quote from: Bullfrog on August 16, 2011, 10:58:32 AM ---I like the idea of icing while short-handed and having the offending team clear the zone.

I agree with cw though, that 5-on-5 should be the priority.

--- End quote ---

If they want to increase scoring, stop letting interference at the blueline as teams try and enter the zone on dump-ins.

The offside rule seems really stupid, you get massively punished for a guy having his skate blade barely over the line?

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