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Sunday, June 12, 2005

nhl- Shift by shift Changes

from the Bosto Globe, They opened up the ice, made the nets bigger, yanked out the red line, hacked some fat off the goalie equipment, and even dared to ruminate over the idea of going to full-time four-on-four.
Yes, Houston, there is a problem, an on-ice entertainment issue, and a lot of people connected to the National Hockey League finally are owning up to it. Very little was decided during last week's three-day research-and-development camp (a league first, by the way) just outside Toronto's airport. But at least it was a start, an earnest attempt to improve the game's E-value, and, like any patient in need of recovery, the first step in getting better has to be admitting the need for change.
''I vote yes for everything!" said an animated Mike Milbury, the former Bruins defenseman and longtime Islanders general manager. ''Admittedly, I'm one of the radicals. I want change. So whatever comes up, at whatever meeting, I always vote yes. I mean, come on guys, the last 20 years we've allowed the coaches to trap the hell out of the game. Spontaneity and passion -- the essence of the game -- have been lost. We have to find a way to get that back."...more...