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In Topic: Did the Wings change the font on their jerseys?

Today, 08:23 AM

I was half thinking this must be a joke before I clicked on the thread....but based on past experience, I couldn't really be sure.

In Topic: Barry Trotz Wants Ovechkin to be more like Yzerman

Yesterday, 05:27 PM

I think it is a little too simplistic to look at Bowman getting Yzerman to focus on defense and that resulting in a drop in Yzerman's offensive production.  My honest opinion is that I don't think his production was impacted too significantly from his attention to the defensive end.  A lot of people might say that if you play great defense, it will give you more time with the puck to play offense.


I think Yzerman played in a unique era within the history of the game.  A good part of his prime was during the highest scoring era in league history and his increased age came during the lowest scoring era in league history....which made his drop in production look more significant.

In Topic: Rule Changes for 2014-2015 Season

12 September 2014 - 09:04 AM

In terms of the diving rule, I'm assuming there wouldn't need to be an actual call from a ref on it (I'm actually about 95% confident on that).  On the public shaming side, I'm not so sure as I don't know if the incidents will be made public.


Luongo's thoughts on the shootout:


Can we keep the spin-o-rama and ban the shootout instead @NHL ?


In Topic: Rule Changes for 2014-2015 Season

11 September 2014 - 03:29 PM

They are really stretching at trying to create offense with some of the changes (e.g. having the faceoff staying in the zone almost all the time).  Same with diving to poke a puck away that results in a trip as well....looks to want to create offense by awarding PP time even if the puck is hit first.  That said, I wonder how often this will be called, for some reason, I'm thinking that the offensive player normally gets tripped by the stick, not the arm, shoulder of the defender.  In that case, there will be no change if the puck is hit first.

In terms of being suspended for interference....it's not as bad as that might sound.  My guess is that this would be for those instances where a player is absolutely destroyed by a hit that would otherwise be legal except he is nowhere near the puck, isn't looking, etc.  You really can't call that anything other than interference.  My guess is that there will be very few game misconduct penalties for interference.


I think the diving fines are pretty silly.  Is that really a deterrent?  On your 8th offense you still just pay $5K.  I think diving is a tough problem to cure because there are 2 different reasons for diving.  1 - players will dive when no real infraction occurs just to get calls....this type of diving will be hard to get rid of....then again, I really don't think many players partake in this.  2 - players dive when refs don't call hooking and holding.  It's my pet peeve when I play too....since I have better balance and don't fall down, there is no penalty even though a defender is holding me back.....what does it take to get a call?  Falling down....so that's what players end up doing...the way you get rid of that is to actually call penalties when you see them...problem there is that it might cause more of the #1 type diving.

In Topic: How Do You Like Your Equipment?

11 September 2014 - 02:18 PM

Interesting that you shortened your stick to improve your shooting ability and you find your stickhandling took a bit of a hit.  I think the opposite is what really should be expected.  My guess is that your stickhandling has been hurt because you simply have a different feel now and need to get used to it.  The general rule most people live by is that shorter sticks are better for stickhandling, but longer sticks are better for shooting (of course it wouldn't be true for a stick that goes way over your head, but as long as you are able to perform that same motion, you should get more power with a longer stick...simple physics).


I've pretty much used a very short stick for my whole life (comes to my chin before I put on skates) and stickhandling is definitely high on my list of strengths.  That said, I've been at the higher end for shooting for most of the teams I've played on, but that doesn't mean I couldn't be shooting harder with a longer stick...I probably would....but honestly never ventured off the standard length that I've used forever.


It's somewhat similar to golfing as well.  I've got a friend that is 6'5" and he'd always used the off the shelf clubs that are standard length.  He eventually got custom clubs (longer) and he was actually pretty shocked at how much it improved his ball striking.