The 1-3-1 trap is bad enough, last thing we need is even more boring trap style hockey. I also agree with the removal of the trapezoid (Even though Pav's isn't the greatest puck-handler).
I really don't believe that the redline is the major cause to all the concussions of late. I believe the medical procedures have gotten better at detecting concussions and that is why we're seeing an increase in them. I don't think reintroducing the redline will have a significant effect on reducing concussions.
No way would I want the two line pass back in the game. Just makes it easier to trap if they called two line passes.
I guess I am in the minority in regards to the trapezoid. I like it a lot and also don't want it to go. Nothing is more boring to me than to see team A dump it into the zone and then see team B's goalie continually dumping it out. Or even worse, the old team B's goalie goes to play the puck and nobody can touch him because they are scared to set off a line brawl.
I like the trapezoid and think it's now a skill to be able to dump the puck into the zone and have it stay in the corners. At least that way if you have a teammate charging the zone you have a chance at creating a turnover and keeping the puck in deep.
Not really interested in going back to the Brodeur era of goalies handling the puck 50 times a game. That's boring to me.
No touch icing should get a second look though IMO.
How about putting the nets back to back at center ice on a revolving turntable? Then when a goal is scored, the turntable speed is bumped up a notch. ...might be tricky timing your slapshot near the end of the game though.
I've got some other ideas but they're kind of out there.
Don't bring back the red line, keep the trapezoid (in fact, make it a bit bigger) and bring in no-touch icing.
If you make the trapezoid bigger aren't you basically getting rid of the effect? Not many times that the puck dies in the corner where the goalie has time to play it anyways, I think the trapezoid is a good size.
I don't think bringing back the no two line pass (which is really what we're discussing here) would do anything. Look at all the major injuries in the past couple years, would that rule do anything for those? I can't think of a single case it would.
My rule changes:
1) Put the red-line back in.
2) No more Trapezoid.
3) If a team doesn't send a forechecker (a la 1-3-1), the puck possession team can ice the puck legally.
What you have now as some have mentioned, is either teams trapping with a 1-3-1 or 1-2-2. To beat that trap, teams just use that stupid tip-shoot in play that is boring and dangerous as D are forced to turn back and chase pucks because the goalies cant play it (they should also be getting rid of the trapezoid).
Adding the redline back in will do a few things:
A) Teams will move their trapping up in front of the line. While this sounds like a bad thing, it will actually create more offense and counter attack opportunities off of turnovers.
B) Teams looking to break out of the zone will have to re-emphasis the passing game. More passing = more offense.
C) Officials will be able to crack down on obstruction more consistently, as Dmen won't be getting away with the interference they run on those tip-chip plays anymore.
The game will slow down a little bit, however the quality of play will be much higher (no more tip-chip dump and chase) and the no -forechecker, no-icing rule should force teams to stay away from boring traps. Teams that are sloppy with the puck will pay, as they will likely turn the puck over before the red-line creating good scoring chances. More goals will also be created by goalies having to play the puck more as well.