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Monday, June 06, 2005

nhl- What the General Managers Think

from Sportsnet, The offside whistles for the entire three-period scrimmage could be counted on one hand, and Glen Sather had to grin.
"Could you imagine Wayne (Gretzky) and Mario (Lemieux) playing that kind of game?" Sather wondered. "They'd have a field day."
The New York Rangers boss and other GMs and coaches were at an airport-area arena Monday for the first of three days of rules experiments, and things got started with a look at the "open game" concept put forth by the Boston Bruins.
Club president Harry Sinden contends that offences would be liberated and neutral zone trapping obliterated by removing the centre red-line and the blue-lines. Instead he suggests putting thin lines a few feet above the faceoff circles at each end of the ice and allowing passes to go anywhere on the ice once the player with the puck reaches the pass line in his zone.
"I don't know if I'd want to rush into it but I sure like the idea," said Sather.
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