In response to the clamour about serious injuries, linesmen would have discretion to whistle icing if they determine the defender will get to the puck firs. Worth the hassle of potential blown calls. Put it in now.
THREE PRIMARY FACEOFF DOTS
Located in each teamís zone and at centre. Looks like alien crop circles from up top. The benefit would be instant action from the slot and perhaps less frequency of chipping the puck off the glass.
NO LINE CHANGE AFTER OFFSIDES
Should open up more chances because of fatigue, but between icings and offsides, general line changes would be messed up.
3-ON-3, 2-ON-2 IN OVERTIME
Counting 4-on-4, thatís a potential nine extra minutes plus shootout, which TV might not like. Stop it at 3-on-3 or give goalies the right to roam everywhere at 2-on-2.
FACEOFFS BY WHISTLE, NOT PUCK DROP
A few zebra paws will be saved from harm as wells as rewarding quick-draw talent, but there will have to be a new culture of body positioning and delays when over-eager centres are tossed.
NO CHANGES ON SHORT-HANDED ICING
Addresses a long-standing belief that teams who break a rule shouldnít be allowed to temporarily break another. But thatís going to mean a lot of extra faceoffs.
SWITCHING ENDS IN OVERTIME
More goals come in the second period than any other (37%), given the extra few feet to the bench the bench. Theyíre applying that logic to OT in a further attempt to head off shootouts.
RED MESHED NETS
Thought to be easier for shooters to see than white blending with ice and boards. Expect Brian Burke to ask for a blue hue at the ACC.