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Shanahan, Bettman and the NHL need to have set rules and not make it up as they go!

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Posted by Michael M. Ramos ≡ 12:06:30 PM - December 8, 2013

We all know that the NHL wants as many teams in the playoff hunt throughout the season as to bring in as many fans into the arenas around the NHL.  That is why they have changed the game that used to be win-lose- or tie to what we see these days as win--regulation win-loss- overtime loss. The problem is that they never changed the point system with it. For example, lok at the Metropolitan Division standing right now as a perfect example. This morning it stands as: Pittsburgh 41 pts., Washington 32 pts., Rangers 31 pts., Hurricanes 31 pts., Newark 30 pts., Philadelphia 28 pts., Columbus 27 pts., and Islanders 21 pts.  Like it is already in some hockey levels, regulation wins should count as more just for common sense sake. With the way the suystem is now, if the game is toed with say 5 minutes left in the game, you don't see both teams "going for it" but playing it safe for a point and hoping for a "bonus point".  It clearly should be 3 points for a regulation win, 2 points for an overtime/shootout win, and a point for the overtime/shootout loss.  They would not have to change the game at all to wht they have made it to somewhat of a sideshow to "hockey purest". Just using common sense would make the games more exciting and most likely fill the stands more knowing that each game is "worth" more. Arenas like the ones in Newark, Long Island, Carolina, etc...(you get the point) just aren't going to be filled with the new divisions and playing "rivals" less. In Newark, they have seen the lowest game attendance in at least a decade with alot of games having over 4,500 unpaid seasts for example.  The NHL office is trying to change things and make them better, but sometimes the easiest change works the best. If the point system was to change to the 3-2-1 format, the Metropolitan Division would change to Pittsburgh 60 pts., Rangers 46 pts., Carolina 43 pts., Newark 42 pts., Washington 41 pts., Philadelphia 40 pts., Columbus 38 pts., Islanders 26 pts.  Looking at the change in positions, it clearly shows a CHANGE in the standings position but most of the teams still being within strike of a playoff spot and making every game worth more there would be the thought in the corporate brains that their would be more attendance and viewership than just "as long at it gets to overtime, the worst they will do is drop a point" compared to winning in regulation which is a 3 point turnaround.

 

I have blogged before on this but the players need to stop screwing up the game of hockey! Last night is a perfect example just watching the Bruins/ Penguins game. Everyone likes a hardhitting and hard played game. The game of hockey is about skill and physicality. It seems that everytime a player makes a hard hit on another player, the "goon" wants to fight the player doing the hitting.  After that there is always retribution for the team  and yadda yadda....  The "code" in hockey is all but gone in having the teams "tough guy" handle any issues that arise from the opposing team taking liberties with your teams top players. Last night, there were two plays in the Boston/Pittsburgh game that should bring HUGE suspensions but one is just a phone call hearing which brings 5 games or less. James Neal purposefully saw a Bruin player on the ice and skated so that his shinpad struck him straight in the face while he was defenseless. Again, I feel half the problem is that the players equipment with the hard surfaces on the legs, elbows, and shoulders cause the players to use them as weapons as much as they are used for protection such as in this case.  The attack last night in the same game by Thorton on Orpik should be a statement suspension in the league. First of all there is the slew foot that caused Orpik to go crashing backwards onto the ice and hitting his head. Then there was the even more disgraceful pounding on Orpik's face while he layed down on the ice defenseless.  Where does this craziness stop, with someone actually paralyzing or killing someone on the ice?  These thoughts are coming from a fan of hockey since the 70's and believes there is a place for fighting in the game to control the cheapshots and gooning up of elite level players. 

 

Hey Bettman and your minions, you want to make the game better?  Here's  a few easy fixes. Change the points system to the 3-2-1-0 format. Minimize the hard shell caps on the players elbowpads, shoulderpads, and shinpads so that the hits will actually be felt by both players and will cut down on alot of the recklessness( use Shanahans shoulderpads as a perfect example). Why not go after the players equipment, you already went after the goalies this season. An example of the equipment was a normal play that a Devil player and Ranger defenseman reached for a puck and the Devils player shoulder hit the defenseman on the chin in a normal hockey play. The Ranger defenseman (Staal) went right off the ice throwing his helmet and never came back with what is probably another concussion from a nothing play.  Mr. Bettman, it is time to use common sense and protect the players since it seems that they can't control themselves!!!!




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