Analyze This: How To Improve the NHL

December 10th, 2009 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Over the years, many fans have chimed in with their thoughts on how to improve the National Hockey League. Needless to say, the NHL is not perfect, but with a little tweak here and there I think the League, and the game could be better.

Clearly, I am not NHL commissioner Gary Bettman so I suspect many of my thoughts on how to improve the NHL will likely fall on deaf ears. That said, much like any fan, I feel the game can be improved so I felt compelled to throw out a few ideas.

First, I would instigate a no-touch icing rule. Far too many NHL players are sustaining injury as a result of racing into the boards for the puck. Fact is, the players of today are too big, too fast, and when you consider that many NHL players livelihoods are on the line every shift, it is too much to ask the players to hold up on an icing play.

For the most part, there are very few occasions in a game that a race for the puck to get an icing call actually has an impact on the end result. We have reached a point where the risk of getting injured is far outweighing the reward of getting that coveted icing call. Numerous players have been brought off the ice on a stretcher because they end ...

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