I say widen the rink or go to 4 on 4 full time. and make shin guards cardboard again, i'm sick of seeing so many blocked shots.
NHL finally makes some good moves now wants to go back? Idiots. This reminds me of when they thought it was a good idea to get rid of the touch up rule. That, more than anything, allowed the trap to slow the game down. The game is fine now why screw with it?
And I don't see them widening the rinks any time soon, it would just cost too much money to do in each arena, not to mention the seats in the lower bowl being eliminated.
I know it's almost impossible to compare football and hockey directly when it comes to player helmets, but there was a study/rating system done by VA Tech on the concussion resistance of certain football helmets currently on the market. ESPN did a thorough write up on the their findings:
Virginia Tech research provides much-needed data, system for rating sports equipment - ESPN
That article also mentions a study done by University of Pittsburgh that suggests "advanced" football helmets can lower the risk of concussion by about one-third.
I'm not sure how this translates to hockey helmets but it's pretty clear that the equipment players are wearing today can be improved upon.
Looks like the return of the red line is not getting much traction, but the hybrid icing is.
Hybrid icing finds strong support at NHL GM meetings; red line reinstallation stalls | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! SportsQuote:
Some GMs came to the meeting in favor of the idea, thinking the game had become too fast and too simple, with teams firing the puck through the neutral zone and simply tipping it into the offensive end. Their thinking is that reinstituting the red line would slow down the game or add skill through the neutral zone.
But there wasn't much support among the small group that discussed it, according to the Detroit Red Wings' Ken Holland. The worry is that teams will start trapping in the neutral zone the way they used to or just find another way to adjust.