NHL Rule Changes: Challenge Flags, New Overtime Procedures and More

December 10th, 2010 by Daniel Grossman Leave a reply »
Coming out of the 2004-05 lockout season, the NHL implemented new rules and procedures to help raise scoring, emphasize skill and speed, gain new fans and most importantly, regain the fans lost due to the cancelled season.

Some of the new additions included a new standard of play that cracked down on holding and hooking penalties, a no-play zone for goalies (the trapezoid), new icing and penalty procedures and the biggest of the post-lockout additions, the shootout.

A few of these changes have made a positive impact, such as the new icing and penalty procedures in which the face-off following an icing or penalty call is automatically in the offending team's zone. In the case of an icing call, the offending team cannot make a like change. This gives the offensive team an instant advantage and leads to more scoring.

Some, such as the goaltenders' no-play zone, have had a limited impact. Unless you're Marty Turco.

But as the 2010-11 season has progressed, there has been a clamoring for another overhaul of the rules.

The NHL tested some of the new rule propositions in a series of scrimmages held before the season began.
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