NHL Lockout Thread X: The Leadership Has Left the Building
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11-30-2012, 06:08 PM
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I think it's slid back to clutch and grab again. The refs are not calling what they used to.
I'd also give credit to the coaches. These guys can come up with a system that can stifle almost any offence out there. I'm not sure how you can stop that with new rules but the refs should at least enforce the exisiting rules.
Coaches have adapted, the league has been slow to react like it always is. Slashing has replaced hooking, teams collapse to the net because goalies are too big for players to score from outside 15 feet, the league continues to let players get mauled in front of the net etc.
Can you imagine if the NFL let wide outs get mauled in the end zone? It just doesn't make any sense to me that the league continues to take the skill out of the game at every turn. If they geared the rules to make creating offence easier then coaches would be forced to adapt. For 20 years they've been making it easier to play defence, so that's what teams do.
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