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GM's set to consider re-introducing the red line

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08:25 AM ET 03.09 | Did the NHL oversteer its way into opening up the game? It wasn't enough to outlaw all targeted hits to the head, to broaden the boarding rule, to give a video explanation of each suspension. The NHL is still too much of a demolition derby, and concussions continue to be a crisis. So when the league's general managers hold their annual March meeting next week in Boca Raton, Fla., they will discuss whether to go back to their roots. Should they reintroduce the red line to outlaw two-line passes? Should they eliminate the trapezoid behind the net to allow goaltenders to play the puck in the corners again? Should they do something else? "The game is fast," said [Ken Holland]. ... "But how do you get the game to be a little bit controlled?"

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March 9, 2012  08:46 AM ET

Well that will up the excitement level.

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March 9, 2012  08:54 AM ET

I'm all for getting rid of the trapezoid. However, they need to see how many concussions resulted from there being no two line pass. To simply "get rid of it" and hope concussions decrease is nonsense.

March 9, 2012  08:57 AM ET

Maybe they could have crossing guards at the blue lines. You know, guys that hung out away from the play. We could call them Kessells.

March 9, 2012  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'm all for getting rid of the trapezoid. However, they need to see how many concussions resulted from there being no two line pass. To simply "get rid of it" and hope concussions decrease is nonsense.

I don't believe that the red line is cause for concussions.
Eliminate the trapezoid is something a lot of us have said the geometric nightmare was introduced.
Change the equip
I would almost,a s a tradeoff, agree to no-touch icing, though I admittedly waver on that
why is there a picture of Sid for this story? This looked like a sure fire "Berchtesgarten Bettman" shot

March 9, 2012  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Maybe they could have crossing guards at the blue lines. You know, guys that hung out away from the play. We could call them Kessells.

That's funny!....then when everything bogs down again, we can get rid of it again.

March 9, 2012  09:07 AM ET

Bring it back. Bring it all back.

March 9, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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Bring it back. Bring it all back.

well, not all.
Yeah, maybe all. It was a good, exciting game. I often thought I'd like to see what Sid, Ovie, Malkin, etc. would be able to do without the nonsense....crazy boody armour, sticks that flex like a whip....

March 9, 2012  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

well, not all.Yeah, maybe all. It was a good, exciting game. I often thought I'd like to see what Sid, Ovie, Malkin, etc. would be able to do without the nonsense....crazy boody armour, sticks that flex like a whip....

I'm a traditionalist Spiny. It comes with age. You'll see.

March 9, 2012  09:19 AM ET
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Sid for this story? This looked like a sure fire "Berchtesgarten Bettman" shot

Cause everyone JUST LOVES him. ;)

GMs won't do anything. They introduce the simplest of things, many suggested here that wouldn't change the game much, yet... they don't.

March 9, 2012  09:23 AM ET
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I'm a traditionalist Spiny. It comes with age. You'll see.

Me too, I think my comments speak to it also. And please, I don't need my age to make it any worse. I remember watching Hawks/canadians in the final (no small feat in NHL challenged NYC)

March 9, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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Cause everyone JUST LOVES him. ;)

GMs won't do anything. They introduce [b]the simplest of things,[/b] many suggested here that wouldn't change the game much, yet... they don't.

That's all a lot of them are qualified for DWI.

March 9, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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Cause everyone JUST LOVES him. ;)

GMs won't do anything. They introduce the simplest of things, many suggested here that wouldn't change the game much, yet... they don't.

Sorry for the previous fail. LOL

March 9, 2012  09:30 AM ET

Yeehaw...more boring NJ Devils hockey soon to follow!

March 9, 2012  09:39 AM ET

GM's set to consider re-introducing the red line

That's the dumbest thing I've seen/read in a while! Head shots have absolutely nothing to do with the red line or absence of it. 99.9% of the head shots happen in the offensive/defensive zones, inside the blue line as players are either fishing for the puck with their heads down, are in the corners facing the boards or are trying a "Vora-checked" move to skate out of their zone with the head down.

Want to fix the problem? Remove the armor (rigid elbow/shoulder pads) and allow the players to police themselves like they used to during that more noble era when they didn't even wear helmets.

March 9, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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I don't believe that the red line is cause for concussions.Eliminate the trapezoid is something a lot of us have said the geometric nightmare was introduced. Change the equipI would almost,a s a tradeoff, agree to no-touch icing, though I admittedly waver on thatwhy is there a picture of Sid for this story? This looked like a sure fire "Berchtesgarten Bettman" shot

Beat me to it...

March 9, 2012  09:46 AM ET

I would say most people (with the exception of the people that make the armor) would like to see a return of the soft cooper-type pads. The Red line really isn't the issue. It's the speed of the players and the equipment they are wearing and the lame trapezoid. I would also like to see them fix the boards. They are cement walls now...they use to have some spring in them.

March 9, 2012  09:46 AM ET
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Why is there a picture of Sid for this story? This looked like a sure fire "Berchtesgarten Bettman" shot

Very true. But, that might be because he's the poster boy for concussions. On the bright side, at least they didn't use the "fighting Crosby" picture this time.

March 9, 2012  09:46 AM ET
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Remove the armor (rigid elbow/shoulder pads) and allow the players to police themselves like they used to during that more noble era when they didn't even wear helmets.

Yep. See Mike Green's hit last night. It never ends. Is there a hearing/suspension every other day anymore?

Speaking of, didn't he just come back from injury, and he could be going out on a suspension? WTF?

 
March 9, 2012  09:56 AM ET

I kind of like it the way it is, but go back to two Refs.

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