It doesn’t matter what you love about hockey, there is always something that needs to be changed. In some ways the game of hockey is a living breathing thing. It is always changing and the league will need to adapt for today’s game.
Right now player safety is a big problem. As players and padding get bigger; hits will be harder, shots come faster, and adding to the NHL’s growing player safety problems players have lost respect for their fellow NHLer. If the NHL truly want its players to stay safe they need to get back to work. It’s about doing not saying. The NHL needs rule changes.
Three Changes That Need To Happen
- Limit the size of shoulder, and elbow pads: If the NHL figures out how to limit the amount of padding allowed it would force players to think about their body before delivering a garbage hit, or a flying elbow. Sadly players no longer think about the other guy.
- Go back to wooden sticks: I can hear it now… What are you thinking? Just hold on a second and think. If the NHL makes the move it would slow don’t the speed of the puck, and allow players a little extra time to move their head out-of-the-way ( Sidney Crosby).
- Get rid of the instigator rule: This is one of the dumbest rules in sports. It allows goons to run wild, and play on the edge. Do you remember when players could police the game? I do. It was almost unheard of that players got away with a cheep hit, or a dirty play. For what ever reason the NHL has decided to protect players that may not really belong in the league.
The game of hockey will continue to change, but at some point the league needs to protect the players from each other. It is only a matter of time until some gets paralyzed, or worse dies on the ice in front of over 18,000 people. If it come to that I won’t blame the players. It will be the NHL’s fault.
The NHL front offices are on the clock!