In light of the other day's post about 2v2 overtime, I thought I would make a post about rules changes that are a little less fantastic.
Proposal 1: No points for an overtime/shootout loss. I think the original intent of awarding a point for an overtime loss was to try and stop teams from trapping each other into oblivion in the 5 min. overtime period. With the advent of 4v4 OT, this is no longer a problem, as you can't really run a trap in 4v4. Plus with a shootout after OT, one team HAS to win, so both teams cannot simply defend and settle for a draw. Not awarding a point for OT/shootout losses would make overtime and shootouts more exciting; victories would be that much more euphoric and defeat even more agonizing.
Proposals 2 and 3 are my favorites that the NHL is considering according to this Puck Daddy article.
Proposal 2: No-touch icing. Already adopted at other levels such as college hockey, this rule change would decrease the risk of injuries on races for the puck.
Proposal 3: Icing would be called on the penalty kill. According to Puck Daddy:
This would be great because guys that are already really, really gassed from being out there for 55 seconds of a Stamkos-Gagne-Vinny-Marty-Hedman shooting gallery would have to clear the zone by lugging the puck out or softly lobbing it to the center. Teams would get up to like 35 percent on the man advantage. Who wouldn't love that?
Having more efficient power plays would mean fewer penalties would be taken, which I think would encourage good skating teams like the Caps/Pens and make for more exciting hockey. Plus each powerplay would be more exciting b/c there would be fewer of them, and a penalty kill would be an even bigger momentum swing.
Which of these rules changes would you most like to see next year? If you have another favorite, write it in the comments and maybe I'll add it to the poll!