Posted 09 December 2004 - 04:49 AM
A few things on no-touch icing. I went to a UHL game with no touch and I think it actually speeds up the game. If you think for a second, the icing only gets outraced maybe 5% of the time. So now, instead of waiting for the other 95% for the slow poke defenseman to go touch up, it gets blown down immediately. Also, there's another provision that's been recommended for that. The team that ices the puck will not be allowed to make a line change after the icing, thereby discouraging tired defenses from just icing the puck to get off the ice.I personally am a fan of the shootout idea. Obviously, this would only apply to the regular season. Ties are just plain boring. I fully understand the purist point of view that a shootout isn't "real hockey". I agree. The only problem is that by the time it would hypothetically get to a shootout, "real hockey" hasn't worked for 65 minutes straight. They're gonna end the game either way. Why not give the fans that paid way too much for their tickets something to cheer about before they leave?I'm not sure why the league ever took tag-up offsides out of the game. I'm no expert in this area, but anything that reduces play stoppage, I'm in favor of.
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