Now the key to the torpedo is having extremly aggresive forechecking which was (imo) a strength of calgary during their run to the finals with guys like nieminen, nilson, donovon, kobasew. Another key is having top end skill players to play the halfback position and control play.
Now I know everyone is going to say that it doesn't work on the NA ice surface and that Calgary isn't talented enough to employ such a system but when I started reading about the torpedo system I couldn't help but see the similarities in the hard forechecking game (minus the dump and chase) that Calgary played last playoffs.
This is that Torpedo system that led Swedes to a loss to Belarus. After some years, Nillson gave up on this system. He said, that in national team players don't have time to learn all the tactics and elements of the system. He said, that he is convinced to keep playing Torpedo in his club though. It was about 2 years ago and I have no idea, how his club was doing with Torpedo. It should be noted, that whole this Torpedo thing is pretty much out-of-date now.
If you care, many russian experts say, that the key thing, that red line removal will change, is transitional game. Defensemen have to make much longer outlet passes and they don't have enough skill to do it. If red line will be removed, the first thing Flames should care about is training Dmen to make longer outlet passes.
I think the only thing taking out the red line does is move the wall of defenders from the red line to the blue line. It would just make the defensive side of hockey all the more visible which isn't a good way to sell the game as entertaining.
Didn't the Red Wings use the Torpedo last year when we played them?? Or was that Bowmans last year? Cant remember what year it was that thye went with that.
The Sharks had a system were they had 2 forecheckers who went to opposite sides of the net but they didn't have the 1 guy hanging back. Which was somewhat effective against our defense squad, especially Commodore.