Posted 01 November 2011 - 09:15 PM
I have stayed up in England to all kinds of stupid o'clock to watch the games, and there have been so many bad calls already this year. It seems that the opposition can tap dance on Howard's head and no-one gives a rats arse, but if holmstrom farts in the direction of a goalie, we have a penalty and goals waved off. The standard of officiating in the NHL is getting worse year by year over the last 15 years I have following from overseas, and frankly, I'm not sure I can be bothered anymore.
The league has the parity it wants, but it does seem there is another agenda out there, following on from the endless debacles in 2009 playoffs. The fact that these don't get reviewed and there is no real forum to criticise officials is pathetic.
That said, the team looks in not great shape this year, and this seems to be the beginning of a slow long predicted partial decline, that needs to be addressed with more size and speed in the line up. Just as well some of the kids coming up in the system look exciting.