If the NHL comes back, there has to be a big expansion.
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01-03-2013, 12:16 AM
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Understood. But hockeys is much more free flowing and you are talking about 1 play. They are saying, you can not set up that way. If the play goes beyond that initial play then what? are the teams prohibited from making a flying wedge down the field? no, just on the initial portion of the play. How, with the puck movement could you say, well the puck was in their defensive zone after your forecheck so now it's a penalty because you fell back? Football is 1 play, then 1 more play, not a free flowing game.
You're parroting my thinking on the subject to be honest. Your arguments describe pretty accurately exactly why the adjustment to cut down on trapping has to be the offsides and icing rules, rather than "illegal formation," or a referee's judgment call on team positioning on the ice, because those are the rules that affect whistles and stoppage of play, and that can most directly have an impact on a coach's willingness to trap.
It's the one thing you can change most easily (this would be a simple lineman's call) that would have the most profound impact.
So if you can't easily call a team directly for trapping, alter the system so that trapping is no longer efficient. Trapping relies on offsides calls and two line icing for its efficiency because these rules slow down the attack. If trapping is a problem, allowing teams to attack through the trap more easily is the solution. Very simple attack strategies can be devised to break up the trap if the offsides rule is not a thing anymore, and eliminating the icing call allows the puck to be put deep in the opposing zone at will unless they contest the puck, meaning you're usually one lazy pass and a board battle away from an offensive zone possession. At that point the trap is practically useless and you have to send two men forward to contest for the puck and go 2-1-2 or even 2-2-1.
The biggest advantage of my proposed rule change is that it would be very easy to call on the ice. No ambiguity. If one or zero players on the team that do not possess the puck are beyond the red line, there is no icing, and there is no offsides. Even better, it's a call NOT made, rather than the refs getting in the way of the game as calling out a penalty for a specific "trap" formation might be.
If you want to break up the trap, my plan will work for that as well as anything.
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