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NHL to Consider Eliminating Trapezoid

January 12, 2009 by Big Tony 

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A light schedule Monday night in the NHL as only two games were played but one story of note is that Chris Osgood accumulated six minutes in penalties a double minor for high-sticking and 2 minutes for delay of the game. Getting six minutes in penalties in a single game for a goalie who was not involved in a fight is certainly a new one on me so kudos to Osgood for pulling that off. But the delay of the game penalty for playing the puck outside of the trapezoid is worth talking about for a moment. The NHL competition committee will review that rule to consider changing the penalty because many believe it leads to injuries in the corners down low. The rationale is that players are more susceptible to major injuries chasing pucks into the corner because of new interference rules that do not allow defensemen to impede the progress of offensive players coming into the zone. The theory is that allowing goaltenders to play the puck anywhere behind the goal line will eliminate the chase to the corners since they will be able to reach the corner before either player and in doing so reducing the likelihood that either player will sustain an injury in the process.

Doing this probably would not change anything on the injury front, but what should be changed is the penalties given for taken a hand off the stick to “obstruct” one’s progress along the boards. In this situation if a player is allowed to push an opponent against the boards while the puck is close by; this would cut down on injuries and keep the trapezoid rule in place. Just remind players that grabbing and holding is not allowed and once the puck is gone he must release his opponent from the boards. What do you think should be done? Oh and as for the game itself, Dallas won 5-4 in overtime.


2 Responses to “NHL to Consider Eliminating Trapezoid”

  1. Steve Hotel on March 24th, 2009 11:26 am

    With all the rules and considerations they are thinking about implementing into the game, its almost as if they are attempting to change the entire game. Taking away fighting? Why did they put the trapezoid into play in the 1st place. Im honestly not sure why to be honest. Im a big hockey fan but Ive been overseas in the middle east for the last 7 years, and Ive yet to see a hockey game on TV here. So again, ol Gary is gonna change something. He has done exactly what Matt Millen did for the Lions. Drove the company into the ground. Maybe he should be part of the scandal at hand with the bailout!!

  2. Ed on March 25th, 2009 6:21 pm

    I agree. I have been watching hockey for a long as I can remember. at least 30 years. I think bettman is killing this sport.

    Hear is a news flash for all of you people who want a tamer game… Watch golf. This is hockey, if you don’t like it don’t watch!

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