Mellanby's idea to increase goals
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03-17-2008, 12:40 AM
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Chambly QC
I'll give my 2 cents on some ideas.
Icing during penalty kills: Not crazy about this one. It's actually a pretty great play when the penalty killers can shoot the puck down the ice after barely hanging onto a 5-on-3.
Full-length minor penalties: I love this idea. It's a blast from the past and it ends up making teams pay dearly for stupid penalties. Imagine how even 2 goal leads can evaporate from a stupid hooking call with 3 minutes left in the game. Nice way of upping offense without changing anything too drastically, and rewards great play and would probably also have the effect of reducing clutching/grabbing/hooking due to the severity of the penalty increasing.
Bigger nets: If all else fails, at least this is foolproof. Unlike many, I don't think net size is written in stone, and considering net size was designed around goalies who were at least 10% smaller than today's netminders, I wouldn't mind seeing an increase in net size for the first time in 100 years. Don't understand why some people think this means increasing by 1 foot on each size; even a couple of inches wider and taller would mean a marginal but significant increase in scoring without even being noticeable to the average fan. However, the sheer apoplexy it would produce in some fans does make it a less attractive idea than the full-length penalty idea.
Bigger rinks: No. I don't understand where the myth started that bigger rinks means bigger offense, but if European leagues and international play aren't enough to convince proponents, look at how Boston used to fare in their tiny Garden before they moved to the current TD BankNorth. Somehow they still had some potent offensive teams, even in the crazy eighties. Don't think this would work at all and is not worth the trouble of reconstructing every arena.
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