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    Gainey wants to limit shot blocking

    Post by Guest on Mon Oct 27, 2008 5:28 pm

    I was listening to XM204 and they were reporting that one of the developments of the the GM meetings was that Bob Gainey wanted to put some rules in place to prohibit players from blocking so many shots. One of his idea's was to have a rule that forces a player to keep at least one skate on the ice at all times while blocking a shot. This, he says would prohibit players using thier whole body to slide across the ice and block a shot or pass. Gainey feels this would increase scoring.

    Personally, I think it's ridiculous. Why don't we just play 6 on 6 and no goalies from now on. There has to be a limit to how much the league caters to offense.
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    Post by PTFlea on Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:33 pm

    Really? Why would Gainey care if there's more scoring? I don't get his angle on this one - shut up would be my angle.
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    Post by Acrobat on Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:00 pm

    Did he really mean it? or was he being facetious?

    He built his career on defensive hockey; he built his team the same way. It would be ludicrous to think he's now changing his tune that much. Unless he really thinks Price is the next coming...
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    Post by Hayden on Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:16 pm

    His coach was one of the best sliding shot blockers ever.
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    Post by PKC on Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:50 pm

    Gainey can go fly a kite.

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    Post by Guest on Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:57 pm

    Acrobat wrote:Did he really mean it? or was he being facetious?

    He built his career on defensive hockey; he built his team the same way. It would be ludicrous to think he's now changing his tune that much. Unless he really thinks Price is the next coming...

    You're right. Even the commentators discussing it were wondering why Gainey of all people would propose this. I guess he wants his high-flying Habs to be a little more high-flying.

    He apparently (according to the radio) made a proposal at the meetings, so I doubt it was facetious.
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    Post by shabbs on Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:27 pm

    I also doubt it gets any real attention or consideration.

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    Post by Guest on Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:38 pm

    shabbs wrote:I also doubt it gets any real attention or consideration.

    Agreed. It's somewhat out there.
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    Post by Acrobat on Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:53 pm

    Having said that, they seem to be giving an inordinate amount of consideration to changing the net size (changing the post thickness is one thing, but size? or shape? Don't touch my game, thank you very much.)
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    Post by wprager on Tue Oct 28, 2008 6:21 am

    504Heater wrote:Really? Why would Gainey care if there's more scoring? I don't get his angle on this one - shut up would be my angle.

    I really, really respect Gainey. But I'm scratching my head on this one.
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    Post by wprager on Tue Oct 28, 2008 6:28 am

    Acrobat wrote:Having said that, they seem to be giving an inordinate amount of consideration to changing the net size (changing the post thickness is one thing, but size? or shape? Don't touch my game, thank you very much.)

    Actually, depending on how it's done, it may be worth something. Consider the average size of goalies from the 50s. Think of the whole picture -- not just the height/weight but the outline, if you will. With changes in equipment and a huge bias toward larger players, I'd bet the "free space" (defined as the total area of the goal, less the area of the goaltender's outline (below the crossbar only, of course) is a significant drop, percentage wise. It may not be a bad idea to raise the crossbar and widen the posts an inch or so. Not a lot, though. Same thing could (should?) be done to the rink itself. Players are bigger and faster, significantly so, but the size of the rink remains the same. The ice just seems to be crowded, players get hurt. But you'd either have to remove some seats or build 30 new arenas -- not going to happen.
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    Re: Gainey wants to limit shot blocking

    Post by Cap'n Clutch on Tue Oct 28, 2008 8:02 am

    The rink size I can agree with changing and the equipment size shrinking as well. I just can't get past changing the size of the nets. I don't have a sound arguement for it I just don't like the idea. Rink size will probably never change because it means taking away gate revenue. Equipment size could and should shrink even more with advancement in technology.


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    Post by mattshock on Tue Oct 28, 2008 8:48 am

    Make the equipment out of this.

    Could be interesting. :lol!:
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    Re: Gainey wants to limit shot blocking

    Post by Cronie on Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:19 am

    That's truly bizarre coming from Gainey. And he has a great Hockey IQ and I can't help but look up to him and respect him for all of his feats and achievements, but this suggestion reeks of arse-kissing to Bettman to further games of 9-4 or 12-6...

    The scary thing is, Bettman would LOVE to do this... Limit shot-blocking and further reduce the size of goalie gear and just for good measure, increase the size of the nets and shrink the crease...
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    Re: Gainey wants to limit shot blocking

    Post by Cap'n Clutch on Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:38 am

    Why don't they make it no contact as well? That should increase scoring. squirrel Sorry but this idea is worthy of the Monkey!!


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