Breaking down the rules

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:21 PM ET

HYBRID ICING

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 team’s 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, that’s 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 shouldn’t be allowed to temporarily break another. But that’s 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. They’re 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.


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