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Friday, June 10, 2005

nhl- Will the rule changes Stick

from the Toronto Star, "I'm telling you it is going to stick. Players are going to have to make adjustments, they will make them and the game will be better", NHL referee Don Koharski on the league's obstruction crackdown in 2002.
When the NHL finally gets back to playing hockey in the fall, it will valiantly try to succeed where it has failed spectacularly many times before.
At the league's research and development camp this week, there was a renewed sense of commitment and optimism that the league will stamp out obstruction once and for all.
But all of the stakeholders who bothered to show up acknowledged that the league can try to enforce the rulebook ad nauseam, but real change will only come when the GMs and coaches, those who have been most critical of the crackdowns in the past, are truly on board in both actions and, more importantly, words.
"I've been around long enough to know that it's not as easy as it appears to be and it's not something we should underestimate in any sense of the word," said Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier.
"There are human nature elements that, to this point, we haven't been able to overcome."
But for a league that will undoubtedly be looking to get back into the consciousness of sports fans and regain its credibility after the lockout, there is no choice, according to Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe.
"Because of what happened a few years ago, for the same thing to happen, for us to implement it then back off, would be political suicide," Lowe said....continued...