personally i think the scales tip slightly in the favor of safety, but i think game integrity is a piece of it as well. i guess it's hard for me to see how OP cannot understand what a safety risk allowing kicking in goals would cause. sure, the vast majority of the time, nothing would happen. but the last thing this sport needs is some goalie bleeding to death on the ice.
OP made the point that blades would be sideways and that players would not be kicking straight forward. this is true. from that he draws the assumption that blades would rarely come off the ice. i disagree. i also argue that blades on the ice can still be dangerous to a goalie who is laying on the ice trying to make the save / find the puck.
think about this, too. if a forward gets knocked down in a scrum, he's going to be laying on the ice. if everyone's batting away at the puck, he might as well kick at it, since he likely can't use his stick (if, say, he's laying feet-first towards the goal). there is no way that *that* is not a safety risk. again, not going to happen a TON, but even one goalie getting cut severely every few years is too much, and that's why the rule is there.
i understand being frustrated when a goal is called off in a situation where the "kicking motion" was marginal and no one was at risk. but it's sort of like the clearing-the-puck-over-the-glass rule: if you make it a rule, no one is going to do it on PURPOSE, so you're penalizing accidents. but, like in the delay-of-game situation, if it's NOT a rule, people will do it all the time, so you have to, in effect, punish the innocent (e.g. people who are not TRYING to delay the game or kick the puck) to prevent people form intentionally doing just that all the more.
lastly, OP seems frustrated that no one is on his side. if i were OP, i'd think about why that was. LGW is notoriously divided. and we all seem to agree that it's a good rule...except you.
so, at the very least, it seems like mindfly and E_S_A_D are the undisputed gold and silver winners.
a few notes:
- among the listed members, egoren is so far the least irritating, receiving only six total votes for a meager 18 points.
- there were a total of 291 votes cast for a total "pie" of 873 points. mindfly picked up 25.4% of the total votes and a full 28.4% of the total point "pie."
i think we should get a larger sample size and get a more accurate representation.
perhaps also a "most liked" and/or "most respected" poll? maybe during the off season we could have awards.
i was thinking the same thing. i hate to be one over-hyping the importance of any given game, but head-to-head versus calgary is about as big as they get right now. time to start putting a little space between us and ninth!
if datsyuk keeps up his great play and howie has a good game i could see us pulling it off. hopefully we get a big effort from the boys...iginla & co. are going to playing tough tonight.
it was sad to me when this forum was down. i didn't get my daily dose of people bickering and trying to boost their own self-esteem by tearing others down.
for me, i guess it all hinges on what will happen with the cap. one might argue that the cap will go up steadily for the rest of hossa's contract, but i'd argue that there's no way to know for sure. do i think filppula is overpaid? yes. would i want to see the wings royally hamstrung in ten years by the tail ends of several frontloaded contracts for players who are now well passed their prime? no.