In the latest edition of The Hockey News, the main focus of the cover story is how the NHL game could be changed. THN asked various current and retired players along with coaches and team announcers to comment on what changes should be made. In the spirit of that feature, I have come up with 10 changes that I would like to see made in the NHL. The final 5 will be covered in this article and is part two of a 2-part series. Part one can be found here.
- Remove Trapezoid: A relatively minor change, but removing the trapezoid would allow goalies to play more pucks and keep the puck moving. This would help start the rush up the ice on a power play after the shorthanded team clears the puck into the corner.
- Grandfather Visors: Just like full no-touch icing, it’s time for visors. Allow current NHLers to make their own choice but mandate that all future players wear visors. It is already mandated in the Juniors and players from college have to wear face protection as well. Manny Malhotra almost lost an eye in 2011 before he put on a visor, what are we waiting for?
- Creative TV 1 (Inside the NHL): The next two issues center around how to spice up NHL TV. Why not add an in-depth show that highlights the 10-15 bets games each week and shows each of the 30 teams at least once. The NFL does this to perfection; the NHL could do it too, except on cable instead of HBO/Showtime.
- Creative TV 2 (NHL Powerplay): The success of NFL RedZone could be implemented in the NHL. Why not ad “NHL Powerplay” as a Center Ice channel where you have 2 hosts that go from game to game around North America on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night. They could jump in when any team has a power play as well as show every goal from every game.
- No More Work Stoppage: Stop it. Please! There are several reasons that the NHL remains a distant 4th in major sports in the United States but one of the biggest ones is that you don’t play one season out of five. Since 2004-2005 lockout, there were supposed to be nine seasons, there have only been seven sandwiched by two lockouts. Each lockout sets the league back at least five-seven years in terms of fan popularity. The last two years have been very good for the NHL, but its all about to be thrown away, again.