What was the result?
Some things worked well, like adding a verification line to the ice in an attempt to help determine goals, decreasing the depth of nets by 4 inches, adding curved class around he benches to prevent collisions with the stanchions, and changing the overtime format to have 4 minutes of 4-on-4 and 3 of 3-on-3.
Some things didn't work well, like allowing players to put their opponents in bear hugs rather than driving them into the boards to reduce injuries, and god knows how many icing rule variations, proposed in an attempt to increase offence.
Now I'm not afraid of change when it makes sense, but to me these changes reek of desperation. Since Gary Bettman took over as
The powers-that-be assume that increased offensive production equals greater success in U.S. markets (and by extension increased revenue).
So where does that leave the NHL?
The same can be said of the NHL. Sure, they had their cash grabs of the past (usually attempts to woo American viewers like the FoxTrax hockey puck) but like Star Wars those earlier experiments are dwarfed by what's happening now.
Long story short, some change in Hockey is good. I'm all for player safety, and I'm all for making changes that ensure the longevity of a great sport. But when you start tinkering with the very fabric of the game then I don't know about you, but I've got a bad feeling about this.