WINNIPEG - So, Blake Wheeler, you're NHL commissioner for a day. Feel free to make whatever rule changes you deem appropriate.
"Make the nets bigger, goalie pads smaller," the Winnipeg Jets forward began. "And no salary cap."
And presto, you'd have the perfect NHL for those who make their living scoring points.
Of course, the defencemen and goaltenders might have something to say about that.
The interesting thing about hearing players and coaches talk about the potential rule changes kicked around by the GMs in Florida this week: they can't agree, either.
Not even on the no-touch icing proposal, which would eliminate those dangerous races for the puck.
"I don't like automatic icing," Jets head coach Claude Noel said, Tuesday. "Those are the accidents that happen in a game. I don't know that it's so much about the rules."
Problem is, more than one player -- Kurtis Foster in 2008, when he was with Minnesota, and Taylor Fedun of this year's Oilers come to mind -- has broken a leg on an icing play.
It's a blue-liners worst nightmare.
"One of my worst visuals is seeing Foster go into the boards, that replay from a few years ago," Jets D-man Ron Hainsey said. "I briefly talked to him about it, and I know the struggle he had coming back from that.
"That was a major injury he had... and that's not the only one, that's just the one I always see the replay off. Or try to avoid seeing the replay of. If we can avoid a couple of those, it's probably worth it."
Based on what the GMs are talking about, in future years that race for the puck will probably end at the face-off dot instead of the end boards.
As sensible as that rule change seems, some proposals leave you scratching your head.
Like bringing back the centre red line to get rid of two-line passes, which would slow down the game quite nicely.
Whoever tabled that one should be force-fed repeated viewings of the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Noel doesn't see any logic in that flip-flop, either.
"The problem is coaches study," the Jets boss said. "And we're going to end up clogging this thing up and bringing it to a grinding halt. That's what happened before. And then people blamed the coaches."
Blaming speed for the increase in collisions is seeing the forest, but missing many of the trees.
It's interesting to note the player most responsible for the focus on concussions -- Sidney Crosby, who'll attempt his latest comeback, Thursday -- wasn't hurt by speed in the neutral zone.
Thankfully, the GMs threw an elbow at that proposal.
Now if only they'd reduce the size and knockout power of shoulder and elbow pads.
"It's almost like they need to revert to the equipment of 15 years ago, where you don't have the hard plastic pads," Noel said. "It's dangerous. When I played we had catalogues for shin pads."
While they're at it, they could increase the size of the ice surface by removing a few rows of seats.
Of course, that would cost the owners money.
So they waste their breath on trapezoids and ringette lines, instead, and debate gloved passes in the defensive zone (if only they'd televised that one).
"I heard somebody say they should just allow the hand pass everywhere on the ice," Jets defenceman Mark Stuart said. "Which actually sounds kind of interesting. I mean, why not?"
I agree. After all, isn't the idea to cut down on whistles and increase scoring?
When it gets right down to it, maybe other than making it safer we should all just leave the game alone for a while. After all, it's undergone more nips and tucks in the last decade than Joan Van Ark.
"The game's great the way it is," Wheeler, our commissioner-for-the-day, concluded. "The way it's played right now is pretty good."