Will we ever see a player hang onto the puck on a pk?
We all remember Orr as a guy who took the puck went behind the net with it and skated circles around the rink and his net with the puck killing a penalty. Will we ever see that again?
To be honest that's a smart strategy. Players dump the puck in so quickly nowadays and while there's nothing wrong with that I always want to see a defenseman take the puck behind his net and elude a forward before slapping it the length of the ice. Just to kill off more valuable seconds.
Maybe players are afraid its hot dogging? I dont think it is, if the other team cant catch you how can it be? Or is it that confidence is lost on some players? Would they be afraid of taking it behind the net and running away from an opponent only to lose it and havea goal scored against them. There's players that can hang onto the puck on a PK longer than they do it but are they afraid of being nailed to the bench if they screw up? I'd like to see it more
There's a Youtube clip of Tim Connolly doing that against the Islanders ( I believe) from a couple of years ago. Other than that I can't think of many stand-out 'ragging the puck' PK shifts in the last five or so years. Fedorov used to be a beast with that though.